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.

This Morning Is Our History Test
I Washed Our Dad’s Car
Thanksgiving Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
Thanksgiving Dinner
Frank the Friendly Alien
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
My Mother Said to Do My Chores by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Said to Do My Chores
I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room
While Strolling Down the Beach Today
I’m Practically Perfect
The Biggest Burp Ever
To B or Not to B
Foolish Fiona
Mammals
My Brother's Not a Werewolf by Kenn Nesbitt
My Brother’s Not a Werewolf
I Raised My Hand in Class by Kenn Nesbitt
I Raised My Hand in Class
Hannah’s Hammer
My Puppy Plays Piano
I'm Super Excited by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Super Excited
That Explains It!
Zzzzz by Kenn Nesbitt
Zzzzz
Larry the Librarian
Larry the Librarian
Halloween is Nearly Here
Waiter, There’s a Dog in My Soup
My Pig Won’t Let Me Watch TV