Alliteration is a stylistic device or literary technique in which successive words begin with the same consonant sound or letter.
Alliteration is a frequent tool in poetry but it is also common in prose particulalry to highlight short phrases
Like ryme alliteration is a great help to memory. Its catchy and frequently used in headlines corporate names literary titles advertising buzzwords and nursery rhymes
4 Common Examples
Do or Die
Pay the Price
5 Alliteration in pop culture
Occasionally authors use alliteration in the naming of their characters
6 It is also common in the naming of comic book characters
7 Alliteration is also seen in many Tongue twisters
Peter Piper picked a pepper
how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood
She sells sea shells by the sea shore
8 Longer examples
The 2005 film V for Vendetta depicts the protagonist V introducing himself to Evey Hammond with the following alliterative line
Voila! In view a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage no mere veneer of vanity is a vestige of the vox pupili now vacant vanished. However this valorous visitation of the bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of the volition. The only verdict is vengeance a vendetta held as a votive not in vain for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigiland and the virtuous. Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers mose verbose so allow me to simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
9 Your turn!
Use the previous examples to help you come up with some uses of alliteration yourself
Create your own example for each of the following
1- A corporate name literary title advertising slogan buzzword and nursery rhyme (choose one of these)
2- a comic book or cartoon character
3- a tongue twister
4- a short alliterative verse
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