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.

I Took My Doggy for a Walk
Gabby’s Baby Beagle
Random Recipe by Kenn Nesbitt
Random Recipe
How Not to Play with Your Food
When Sarah Surfs the Internet
My Favorite Word is Floofy
I Think I’m in Love with My Smartphone
My Dog Likes to Dig
We’re Running Out of Toilet Paper
When Larry Made Lasagna
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine
Bob’s Job
My Sister’s Name is Seven
Online Christmas by Kenn Nesbitt
Online Christmas
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
Wendy Wise
Ugly Couple
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
A Goat in a Landfill
Cookies for Santa
The Headless Horseman's Hattery by Kenn Nesbitt
The Headless Horseman’s Hattery
My Dog Lives On the Sofa
Belinda Bell
Please Don't Read this Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
Please Don’t Read This Poem