Alliterations. By: Mady C. and Jeffery K. Mr. McCann. Alliteration. Alliteration- is from the Latin ad , meaning “to,”and littera , meaning “letter.”
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By: Mady C. and Jeffery K.
Alliteration- is from the Latin ad, meaning “to,”and littera, meaning “letter.”
Alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds, helps to form the pattern of poetry. Although it can sound comical or forced when used to excess, alliteration used deftly can create memorable and moving lines. It provides the somber emphasis in these lines by modern American poet W. H. Auden:
The day of his death was a dark cold day.
Keeping vigil over a corpse is the subject of “A Lyke-Wake Song,” by nineteenth-century English poet Algernon Swinburne. Notice the use of alliteration in these chant-like lines:
Fair of face, full of pride, Sit ye down by a dead man’s side.
“There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground, And the swallows circling with their shimmering sound;”
Admiring an arsenal
At Arthur’s antique armsAll aged and ashen articlesArranged around alarms
Attractive and adorableAn archer’s apt attireAn arrow all arboreal And aft all Aspenire
Above an arch adorned alcoveAbandoned and aloneAn archetypal axe aroseAdmonishment atoned
An angry and abusive actArgued accusationAn axe attributed attackAnd assassination