Literary Terms

 

Alliteration

Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sound in words. An easier (though less exact) way to say this is that alliteration is when the first sounds in words repeat.  

Notice the repetition of the “j” sound in the first example? Alliteration is not always so jarringly obvious. Sometimes it is very subtle, such as in the following example:

Though this example is still pretty obvious, it shows that even when one word starts with a “k” and another word starts with a “c,” it is still considered an instance of alliteration. When we study alliteration, we are concerned with the sounds of the words, not just the letters.

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