BerandaSeniFigure of Speech: Alliteration

Figure of Speech: Alliteration

Alliteration:

The word “Alliteration”, has its origin in Latin word “littera” which means to start with the same letter. In literature alliteration means occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words in poetry or prose.

Examples:

  1. Peter Pounce (A character in the Novel “Joseph Andrews“)
  2. She sells sea shells by the sea shore. (A tongue twister)
  3. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
  4. Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
  5. Dan’s dog dove deep in the dam, drinking dirty water as he dove.
  6. The store clerk stood and stared at me in stupor.
  7. Dunkin’ Donuts (Brand name)
  8. Your financial future will fell into a free-fall.
  9. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
  10. PayPal (Brand name)
  11. The lion licked his lips.
  12. The teacher took the troublemakers’ toys
  13. Which bone had to be broken to break the camel’s back of your ambition
  14. Last laugh
  15. Donald Duck (A cartoon character)
  16. Ronald Reagan (An American Politician)
  17. Michael Moore (An American Documentary filmmaker)

Examples in Literature:

  1. “For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky

Lay like a load on my weary eye “

(“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” By Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

  1. “If I put it in my batter

It will make my batter bitter

but a bit of better butter

Will make my batter better”

(Children Poem “Betty Botter bought some butter”)

  1. borne on the bier with white and bristly beard”

(Shekespeare‘s “The Sonnet” No. 12)

  1. “The splinter’d speare-shafts crack and fly”

(“Sir Glahad” poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson)

  1. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes”

(William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet)

  1. Behemoth biggest born of earth upheaved

His vastness: Fleeced the flocks and bleating rose”

(“Paradise Lost” Book-VII by John Milton)

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