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Friday, April 1, 2011


Alliteration - Not to be confused with illiterate, which means unable to read. Alliteration is the technique of repeating a consonant sound in close proximity to others, or beginning several words with the same vowel sound. This device creates continuity and a consciousness of language rolling off of the lips. Read the previous sentence out loud and you will understand it better.

An Example from Literature: Coleridge describes the sacred river Alph in Kubla Khan as "Five miles meandering with a mazy motion."

My Try: No mother knew the tribulations more intimately than Netty, who prided herself in prudence and privacy. To look at her, was to gaze upon the grail of grace and good manners. Behind her front door, however, hid haunting secrets of her other side.

Oh yeah! That's the n to the m to the t to the p to the g to the h. I am alliterate; again, not to be confused with illiterate.

Take a crack at it. Leave your alliterate comment.

(This post is brought to you as part of the April A to Z Challenge.)

April 2nd - Blending


welcome to my world of poetry said...

A good start to the challenge, will look forward to others during the month,

Have a good week-end.

Jamie said...

Sally sells seashells by the sea shore.

Alright, that's been done.

She awoke to find him breathing, heaving and needlessly bleeding all over her.

I guess it shows that I'm writing an article on a romance author. Which got to get back to....thanks for the break.

Lucy Adams said...

Quite excellent and steamy.

the writing pad said...

Hello Lucy,
Loved your look at alliteration :-)
Lots of it, of course, lying in the lilting, liquid lines of literature, lending a lyricism to language, but the lengthy label is largely less than widely used.
Hmm .... that last bit might be bordering on illiterate!
Great start to your A-Z
All best

allison said...

I love alliteration! I used to love putting it in my stories for workshop in college because reading those phrases aloud would always make me smile.

Now that you've mentioned "illiterate," I want to tell people they're "alliteration" (or some variation that makes sense) and see how many think I'm insulting them!

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

My attempt using "h", "m", and "s":

Her heart was a hopeless maze of shattered dreams. Once filled with love and wholeness, her heart now lay in shards, pieces scattered in the mud, unable to cry for help.

But there was one, who hoped to heal her heart and turn it into the splendid mosaic it was meant to be.

Lucy Adams said...

You are very, very good at this.