Friday, August 2, 2013


Alliteration is the repetition of initial sounds.
"A florid woman was flapping a pink feather fan" (Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain, 75).
"Each day, they watered and weeded....They heaved and they ho'd....They grunted and they groaned....They teamed and they towed....They stretched and they swayed....They hollered and they hauled" (Vladimir Vagin, The Enormous Carrot).
"And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground" (Exodus 16:14). 
Barbara Bottner builds her alphabet book An Annoying ABC around alliteration, each of the characters performing an action with the same initial letter as his/her name: Adelaide annoyed, Bailey blamed, Clyde cried etc.
"Great flabby folds of fat bulged out from every part of his body, and his face was like a monstrous ball of dough with two small greedy curranty eyes peering out upon the world" (Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 21).  
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