poetic device: Alliteration

Alliteration is not when words start with the same letter but, rather, when the first stressed (or accented) syllable of two nearby words begin with the same consonant sound. This means that there are basically three types of alliterations:

  1. When nearby words start with the same consonants and the same sounds, such as “dancing dogs”, or “big boys.”
  2. When nearby words start with different consonants but the same sounds, such as “cats and kittens” or “jungle gym.”
  3. When nearby words start with different sounds, but have the same sounds at the beginning of their first stressed syllable, such as “normal banana” (which each have an “n” sound on the first stressed syllable) or “regular karate” (which each have an “r” sound on the first stressed syllable).

These poems include alliterations. Some may have just a single alliteration within the poem, while others may include dozens of alliterations.

My Cat Knows Karate
My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
April Fool’s Day
My Puppy Punched Me in the Eye
Thanksgiving Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
Thanksgiving Dinner
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
Our Dog’s Name is Roomba
Advice from Dracula
We Ate All the Cheetos
We Ate All the Cheetos
Olympic Granny
I Dreamed that I Was Flying
I Dreamed That I Was Flying
My Teacher Took My iPod
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
My Creepy Costume by Kenn Nesbitt
My Creepy Costume
Vacation Cancellation
My Father Can’t Find Me
Chelsea Had Some Chocolate Milk
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
I Had to Get a Haircut by Kenn Nesbitt
I Let My Sister Cut My Hair
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
Gabby’s Baby Beagle