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
April Fool’s Day
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
Our Dog’s Name is Roomba
My Puppy Punched Me In the Eye
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
Olympic Granny
My Teacher Took My iPod
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
My Father Can’t Find Me
Gabby’s Baby Beagle
Chelsea Had Some Chocolate Milk
I Think I’m in Love with My Smartphone
When Sarah Surfs the Internet
A Goat in a Landfill
My Dog Likes to Dig
When Larry Made Lasagna
My Sister’s Name is Seven
Ugly Couple
How Not to Play With Your Food
My Favorite Word is Floofy