Monday, April 18, 2011

Uh. Uh. Uh. Alliteration!

Consonant Parade
by Amy LV


Alliteration is the repetition of sounds at the beginnings of words or in stressed syllables.  Tongue twisters are alliteration on a wild day, with many many sounds repeating much so that they are difficult to say!

Students - One way I often revise my poems is to ask, "Is there a place where I might sneak in a wee bit of alliteration?  Is there a word I could change to have two sounds near each other?"

For example, in "Soap Hope," line nine could have read I place the sliver.  But I slide the sliver sounds more slidy, more soapy, more fun! 

Try looking at one of your poems searching synonym substitutes.  Add the art of alliteration to a line!
from July 2010

from July 2011

from November 2011

from May 2011

Throughout this month, I have been posting daily poetry lessons and revisits of last year's poems from here at The Poem Farm.   This will continue during the whole of National Poetry Month, and you can see the previous posts below.

This Month's Poetry Revisits and Lessons So Far

April 1 -   Poems about Poems
April 2 -   Imagery
April 6 -   Free Verse
April 9 -   Poems about Science
April 10 - Rhyming Couplets  
April 11 -  Riddle Poems 
April 12 -  List Poems 
April 13 -  Poems for Occasions
April 14 -  Concrete Poems
April 15 -  Poems about Food
April 16 -  Quatrains
April 18 -  Today - Alliteration

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