Writing Technique - Alliteration
The different words in a group don't have to be the same, as long as their first consonants sound the same.
There isn't a limit to the number of words grouped together in an alliteration, but there must be at least two words grouped together to form one.
Whether for poetry or music, because an alliterated phrase or sentence is a repetition of the same sound, this technique is often used to implant thoughts or idea into the minds of an audience through memorization.
Examples of Alliteration in Poems and Songs
From Classic Poems
- Edgar Allen Poe - "The Raven"
- John Milton - "Paradise Lost"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson - "Sir Galahad"
- (translated by) Seamus Heaney - "Beowulf"
From Classic Songs
- The Beatles - "Let it be"
- Blackalicious - "Alphabet Aerobics"
- Rascal Flatts - "Life is a highway"
- Ne-Yo - "So Sick"
- KMFDM - "Join Juke Jezebel"
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Updated: April 3, 2020
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