Today kicks off the Blogging A to Z challenge and I’m going to write about one of my favorite literary terms: alliteration.
As defined by the All American Glossary of Literary terms, alliteration is a pattern of sound that includes the repetition of consonant sounds. The repetition can be located at the beginning of successive words or inside the words.
I love alliteration because I listen to what I write in my head. As I write words I pronounce them silently. Maybe everybody does this? Not sure, but alliteration comes naturally to me because I like the rhythm it produces. I like the sound of alliteration.
One of my favorite examples of alliteration at the beginning of successive words is “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden). Fantastic!
As illustrated in the example above, alliteration is often used by poets to emphasize a point or call attention to a phrase.
We took our cat on family vacation to the beach recently (yeah, our cat) and he had the time of his life. He had so much fun that I wrote this poem from his point of view, Cool Cat on Vacation. While I am by no means a poet, this is one of my favorite poems because of the alleration and because it’s about our cat.
Assorted alliteration in a poem appeals to me on a primal level.
Now you give it a try...