Alliteration and Assonance

By Josie Whitehead

ALLITERATION:  Starting a series of  words with the same letter:

eg:   Miss Marcella Moth - who flitted and fluttered

Sometimes called initial rhyme or head rhyme, alliteration is one poetic device that you really should add to your poems - especially if you want to make your poems stand out from everyday language.  In poetry, it also injects focus, harmony, and rhythm.  It makes your poem fun - and who wants to write boring poetry?

So, in your notebook, make a note of any alliteration that you find in my poems, and try writing some of your own.  Here are some more examples and click on them to link you to the poem:

Seaside Sensations; 

An Aggressive Alligator;