Alliteration is the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group, as in from stem to stern, or with a vowel sound that may differ from syllable to syllable, as in each to all.
Ø Examples from Beowulf:
- Cunningly creeping, a spectral stalker
- Hot-hearted Beowulf was bent upon battle
- He had often haunted Hrothgar’s house
- How glutted with gore he would guzzle his fill
Ø Example from a modern song:
BETTER BE A BETTER BOY (Mick Terry)
Better be a better boy before you bother
Betting that you’ll bring her back home again.
Try to treat her like you treat a tender lady.
Tell her truthfully that you’ll make amends.
She’ll be upset for a while.
But you can win with the smile.
Couldn’t keep her quite contented, could you? ‘Cause you
Caused her so much misery that she ached.
Go and get her gifts of goodies, gold and flowers.
Guess you’ve got to give it all that it takes.
You’ve got to give one more try.
See if she’ll come to your side.
Ø My Own Example
Sally sold six pairs of shoes every Saturday and Sunday.
Tom told Tim to take the toll way home.
Barns and Noble books are bought for better prices than before.
You shouldn’t be shy to show your skill.
Take a tool and built a toy for the little toddlers living in tents.