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.

The Elephant Repairman by Kenn Nesbitt
The Elephant Repairman
My Brother Might Be Bigfoot by Kenn Nesbitt
My Brother Might Be Bigfoot
Springy Sidewalk
The Noisy Boys from Boise by Kenn Nesbitt
The Noisy Boys from Boise
Cookies for Santa
Ugly Couple
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
I Listen to My Chicken
Belinda Bell
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine
My Dog Lives On the Sofa
I Got a New Game for My Brother by Kenn Nesbitt
I Got a New Game for My Brother
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
Please Don't Read this Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
Please Don’t Read This Poem
While Strolling Down the Beach Today
My Sister Should Be an Explorer
My Mother Said to Do My Chores by Kenn Nesbitt
My Mother Said to Do My Chores
Frank the Friendly Alien
I Washed Our Dad’s Car
I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room
My Kitten Had an Accident
Hannah’s Hammer
The Biggest Burp Ever
Today I Have a Toothache by Kenn Nesbitt
Today I Have a Toothache