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.

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