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alliteration

(əlĭt'ərā`shən), the repetition of the same starting sound in several words of a sentence. Probably the most powerful rhythmic and thematic uses of alliteration are contained in Beowulf, written in Anglo-Saxon and one of the earliest English poems extant. For example:
Ða com of more under mist-hleopum
Grendel gongan; Godes yrre baer …
(Then came from the moor, under the misty hills,
Grendel stalking; the God's anger bare).
Beowulf, Book XI
The poet was drawing here on an even older Germanic tradition, just as he was setting a high standard for other poets in Anglo-Saxon, who produced such alliterative works as Widsith, Deor's Lament, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Ruin. Although the tradition lay dormant for centuries, an alliterative revival occurred in England in the mid-1400s, as evidenced by such masterworks as Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (see Langland, WilliamLangland, William,
c.1332–c.1400, putative author of Piers Plowman. He was born probably at Ledbury near the Welsh marshes and may have gone to school at Great Malvern Priory. Although he took minor orders he never became a priest.
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one of four Middle English alliterative poems, all contained in a manuscript of c.1400, composed in the West Midland dialect, almost certainly by the same anonymous author, who flourished c.1370–1390.
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). Shakespeare parodies alliteration in Peter Quince's Prologue in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade,
He bravely breach'd his boiling bloody breast.
Modern poets have continually renewed the possibilities of alliteration, e.g., Gerard Manley Hopkins's "Pied Beauty":
Glory be to God for dappled things …
Landscapes plotted and pieced—fold, fallow and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

alliteration

the use of the same consonant (consonantal alliteration) or of a vowel, not necessarily the same vowel (vocalic alliteration), at the beginning of each word or each stressed syllable in a line of verse, as in around the rock the ragged rascal ran
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Both Old and late Middle English poetry evince the same regular pattern of alliteration across the line (Duggan 1986), and both of them strictly regulate unstressed syllables within the half-line (Cable 1988; Duggan 1988).
My main interest, though, here concerns alliteration. Technically speaking, only one-third of "Logan" counts as an alliterative poem--but every line suggests the politics of poetic meter.
"The tales would have been spoken originally, and even after they were written down, they would still have been read aloud - so sound was important, and I tried to focus on the rhythm of certain passages - for example, when horses are described, using alliteration, onomatopoeia and the present tense to make it more dramatic and more dynamic.
Our discipline, clinical chemistry, is rich with examples of alliteration. The title of this journal, Clinical Chemistry, is an alliteration.
The next stage involves a focus on how alliteration is used within the story, such as: 'woven wind'.
The final class time was spent adding background with oil pastels and writing a description of the painting using alliteration of four or more words.
Other poems successfully used the techniques of repetition, alliteration and rhyme.
You'd need to be foreign to be permitted to say such a thing, as anyone else would be presumed to be a member of the National Front and prosecuted for political incorrectness....or alliteration!
Chapter two examines alliteration in the poetry of the Song, defined as "the collocation of the same or similar consonants in two or more words in close proximity to each other" (p.
Written by a high school English teacher for his busy fellow teachers, the 82 exercises in this book help students use examples, vivid verbs, concrete nouns, metaphor, personification, allusion, parallelism, alliteration, and sentence variety in their writing.
In his second speech, which he directs to his father again, Judah uses alliteration based on the conjunctive prefix "vav [and]" for four verbs in a row: and we will arise, and go, and live, and not die.
Odd then that all the magnificent menace he managed to muster (I thereby claim the prize for Alliteration Of TheWeek) with barely 30 minutes of screen time in Silence Of The Lambs gets so diffused when he gets an entire feature-length film to play with.