What is alliteration?

Alliteration is the repeating of a syllable or sound at the beginning of words (it doesn’t have to be the same letter, only the same sound)

Note on alliteration

Although alliteration is easy, people don’t use it often. And whilst 2 or 3 words can add variety. 6 or 7 words can look or sound a little silly.

Simple examples of alliteration

My balloon burst with a big bang
The dogs dig deep into the dirt.

Real-world examples of alliteration

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
(from ‘Acquainted with the Night, by Robert Frost)

Hot-hearted Beowulf was bent upon battle
(Beowulf)

Don’t dream it. Drive it.
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