is the repetition of the same sound in a series of words.
It is usually the first sound but can be sounds in other parts of the
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is a type of figurative
in the English language.
sells seashells by the seashore.
In this example of alliteration
there are two sounds that are repeated:
sound as in "sells"
sound as in "she"
You can find examples of alliteration in many places!
- and MORE!
In this article, we are going to focus on examples of alliteration
poetry and books, tongue twisters, and advertising.
Alliteration in poetry
Here are some examples of
alliteration in popular poems and books:
Some popular book and
cartoon characters also have names that contain
- I have stood
(from "Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost)
- And the silken
of each purple curtain
(from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe)
- So we beat
against the current, borne
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
- The Teeny Tiny Teacher,
a children's book by Stephanie Calmenson
(Harry Potter series)
(Harry Potter series)
Alliteration as tongue
Tongue twisters are a
great way to learn about alliteration.
A tongue twister is a phrase that is hard to say. Tongue twisters are
fun and a good way to teach proper speaking.
Here are two tongue twisters that are popular nursery rhymes for
Try reading these aloud!
the "p" and "ck" sounds in the following tongue twister.
peck = an amount of something
Peter Piper = a person's name
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
the "b", "t", and "er" sounds in this one.
bitter = bad taste
batter = a mixture of flour, egg, milk, and other ingredients
(cake batter, pancake batter, bread batter)
Betty Botter = a person's name
Betty Botter bought some butter,
but, she said, the
if I put it in my batter
it will make my batter
but a bit of better butter
will make my batter
Alliteration is common in
advertising because it grabs your attention
and is easy to remember.
Here are a few popular brands
that use alliteration in their names.
Here are some popular advertising slogans
that use alliteration.
Many popular sports teams
use alliteration in their names.
- You'll never put a better bit
on your knife
(Country Life Butter)
- The best
to the World
find more examples of alliteration?
Here are some places to look for alliteration!
- book titles
- band names
- song titles
- newspaper headings and titles
- popular sayings
- movie titles
- television shows
- candy names
This was an overview of alliteration. Now that you understand,
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