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.

Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
My Teacher Took My iPod
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
Elaine the Complainer by Kenn Nesbitt
Elaine the Complainer
My Favorite Word is Floofy
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
I Think I’m in Love with My Smartphone
When Sarah Surfs the Internet
My Dog Likes to Dig
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
When Larry Made Lasagna
Whenever It's December by Kenn Nesbitt
Whenever It’s December
Online Christmas by Kenn Nesbitt
Online Christmas
My Sister’s Name is Seven
Bob’s Job
How Not to Play with Your Food
We’re Running Out of Toilet Paper
Wendy Wise
A Goat in a Landfill
This Morning Is Our History Test
The Elephant Repairman by Kenn Nesbitt
The Elephant Repairman
Ugly Couple
Cookies for Santa