Alliteration is when two or more words begin with the same sound. Using alliteration in your poem can help make it more memorable or stress certain points you want to make.
Some Examples of Alliteration:
Sweet and Simple
To help you use alliteration in your poems, here are some tips to help you:
Write First, Use Alliteration Later: I’ve found that if you purposely try to write alliteration it can distract you from finishing your poem or writing what you really mean to say. Instead of purposely trying to use alliteration, use it while adding the finishing touches and revising the poem.
Avoid overusing alliteration: You want to stress just a few words – more than 3 or 4 words per line and you may unintentionally turn your poem into a tongue twister! Also, while some poems have used alliteration in every line, generally you will only want to use alliteration once per stanza.
Choose sounds that have many words available: Sounds such as the letter “S” for example have many, many words available.
Use a Dictionary and Thesaurus: If you’re struggling to come up with words that start with the same sound, try using a dictionary or thesaurus to find words that start with the same letter as the other word in the line of your poem.
Think about the mood each sound conveys: The B sound makes us think, bold, blunt – while W may make us think of weather and nature sounds. When choosing words, think about the mood the words convey and how they affect the meaning of the poem.