• Alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
  • In other words Alliteration is the repetition of the same consonant sounds at the beginning of words that are in close proximity to each other.
  • Eg: But a better butter makes a batter better.
  • Alliteration is also called Head rhyme or Initial rhyme.
  • “Alliteration” is originated from the Latin word “littera”(Latira), meaning of the word is “letter of the alphabet”.
  • It was first coined by the Italian humanist Giovanni Pontano in the 15th century. 
  • “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” etc used this device.
  • “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes;
    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life”
    ( William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet ).
  • Alliteration has a great role in poetry and prose.
  • It creates a musical effect in the text.
  • It was used to excess by many late 19th century writers.
  • A tradition of old and Middle English prose used alliteration.
  • “Alliterative Revival” is a collective term used for the group of alliterative poems written in the second half of 14th century.
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