Alliteration

from Education Genius (Ft. Poetry Genius Editors & Rap Genius Editors) – Glossary of Poetic and Literary Terms on Rap Genius

Meaning

The repetition of the same initial sounds (vowels or consonants) in any sequence of neighboring words.

Some uses of alliteration double as tongue-twisters:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Alliteration was extremely common in Old and Middle English poetry (such as “Pearl” and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight).

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