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
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
Our Dog’s Name is Roomba
Olympic Granny
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
We Ate All the Cheetos
We Ate All the Cheetos
My Teacher Took My iPod
Chelsea Had Some Chocolate Milk
We’re Running Out of Toilet Paper
I Had to Get a Haircut by Kenn Nesbitt
I Let My Sister Cut My Hair
My Father Can’t Find Me
Advice from Dracula
Vacation Cancellation
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
I Dreamed that I Was Flying
I Dreamed That I Was Flying
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
When Sarah Surfs the Internet
Gabby’s Baby Beagle
How Not to Play With Your Food
I Think I’m in Love with My Smartphone