Can you believe there are only 4 days left of poetry month, including today???? Wow! And Friday is “National Poem in Your Pocket Day.” (So be thinking of a poem you would like to keep a few copies of “in your pocket” – or wherever – to share with friends that day – one you wrote or any poem you love – or you might want to write a new one just for that day, but we’ll get back to that on Friday).
But for TODAY ~ let’s just keep repeating ourselves. LOL. Well, not actually repeating words, BUT repeating SOUNDS because today we are writing “Alliteration Poems.”Fun, fun, fun!! Cheers!!
This is a fun poem to work on. Many children’s nursery rhymes and tongue twisters use alliteration.
Alliteration is the recurring repetition of the same consonant sound presented in a sequence of words that are close to each other. It is typically found at the beginning of a word to give stress to its syllable. It is the sound, not the letter that is important. Candy and cereal do not alliterate but ‘cool’ and ‘kick’ do; also ‘fine’ and ‘phase.’
It helps to brainstorm up a list of words that have the same beginning sound. Choose a letter to practice alliteration. Open a doc, type the letter and then type as many words as you can that start with the same sound of the letter you chose. This will help you when you start to create your poem. I’ve probably included too many examples – I’m sure you “get it” but I have a tendency to review things again and again so there is no misunderstanding – comes from my need to be understood. So . . . HOWEVER, you can easily browse through these but I really recommend that you take a few minutes and go to the kids’ poetry writing website I’ve suggested below (and the list of 101 alliteration examples) – it truly will be quite helpful and it’s also FUN!! Cheers!!
Here are a couple of mine from a few years ago:
Because Ben bet she didn’t bake
She surprised several siblings
Once they nabbed her nice nibblings
Ben called out, “Candy can cook!”
Let’s linger longer and have a look.
© 2017 Stephanie Abney
And this one . . . I have NO idea what poetic form I would classify it as, but it DOES have some alliteration in it. I called it “Random Ramblings”
love the lingering lilt of letters,
they roll off the loquacious tongue of
skilled in stringing sights and sounds
forever, to remain remarkably in the air,
one can examine, explore and adore such expositions
proclamations of love and allure, and more
by design, entertain and endear, fact or fiction
memories making habitation in the heart.
© 2017 Stephanie Abney
Tongue twisters and poems from Mother Goose can provide great examples:
Sally sells sea shells down by the seashore.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
by Mother Goose
Betty Botter bought some
but, she said, the butter’s bitter;
if I put it in my batter
it will make my batter bitter,
but a bit of better butter
will make my batter better.
So she bought a bit of butter
better than her bitter butter,
and she put it in her batter
and the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.
Three Grey Geese by Mother Goose
Three grey geese in a green field grazing, Grey were the geese and green was the grazing.
Alliteration in Tongue Twisters/Alliteration also makes tongue twisters even more difficult to say:
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?
If a woodchuck would chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck,
If a woodchuck would chuck wood.
If you are struggling here is a link that may help you:
And this one – which is for teaching kids but I find most helpful and you might want to try the “Never” poem they describe as it uses alliteration.
OK – go forth and alliterate!! Cheers!!
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