Alliteration is a figure of speech that it often used in poetry. For example, blessed beauty, as you see both words start with 'b' that gives a nice ring to it. Using two words starting with the same letter side by side is alliteration. Hope this helps.
'Wanda, the wicked West Whickham whip, witch, woman'.
It is a sentance or poem where all the main words start with the same lettter, or have the same sound.
Alliteration historically refers a repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words and was developed mostly in poetry though it is often found in prose. As with the English lanaguage, alliteration has its exceptions—the sounds can be internal. Alliteration uses consonants sound, it is assonance that uses vowel sounds in much the same way.
The repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of consecutive or closely spaced words is known as alliteration.
It is commonly used as a poetic device in almost all languages and is also found in many everyday phrases, such as 'pretty as a picture'. In the early Scandinavian, German, Anglo-Saxon and English poetry, alliteration was used in place of rhyme. As a structural device it gave the lines a regularity of accent and emphasis. It appears in poetry from all over the world and from all ages, including ancient Greek and Latin. It was very popular in the seventeenth century among English writers of poetry and prose and was used extensively by the poets Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Charles Swinburne in the nineteenth century.
Today most poets use alliteration as a decoration to impart a musical quality or emphasis to their verse. It is often employed in conjunction with such other devices as onomatopoeia. In addition it may be found mixed with phrases in which consonants in the middle or at the end of an unaccented syllable are repeated, or when similar but not identical sounds are repeated.
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