What is Alliteration?

What is Alliteration

Words in succession that all start with the same letter or sound.


  • Long literary lectionary 
  • Pistol-packing pirates
  • She sells seashells at the seashore

Alliteration in Literature

  • Focuses attention
  • Repeating a b or p sound can elicit a rhythm, as in “bombs bursting in air” from The Star Spangled Banner.


  • “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” — The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
  • “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes; a pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.” — Romeo and Juliet
  • “The most corrected copies are commonly the least correct.” — Francis Bacon

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