Alliteration

August 15, 2021

alliteration

Repetition of usually beginning consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables within a sentence or a phrase

Etymology: Alliteration comes from the New Latin word littera, meaning “a letter of the alphabet.”

According to researchers, the word alliteration was coined by an Italian humanist named Giovanni Pontano in a dialogue titled Actius that he wrote between 1495 and 1499 then printed in 1507. He was born on May 7th, 1426 and died in September of 1503.

In a Sentence

I show no mercy when it comes to sound repetition, so please try to steer clear of using too much alliteration or any such expressions as they distort the meaning, structure and imagery that the document has to portray.

To put together compelling what are called tongue twisters, we can add words to sentences through alliteration like: “Betty Botter bought some butter, but the butter it was bitter, so she bought a better butter, better than the bitter butter, then she put it in her batter, and the butter wasn’t bitter. So ’twas Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter for her batter”.

Poets have the ability to greatly use alliteration in order to add uniqueness to their writing style.

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