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Alliteration is an expressive resource that consists of the notorious repetition of the same or the same sounds , especially consonants, in a sentence. The word alliteration is of Latin origin, it is composed of the following expressions; the prefix “ ad ” that means “ towards ”, “ littera” that expresses “ letter ” and suffix “-ción” that indicates “ action and effect ”. Alliteration examples

Alliteration is a rhetorical figure characterized by the consecutive repetition of the same phoneme, similar phonemes, consonants or vowels in a sentence or verse.

In reference to the verse, the repetition of a sound must be present at least 2 times in a verse of minor art , in turn, in the verse of major art , the alliteration must be verified at least 3 times.

In reference to prosody, a branch of phonology, the initial consonant must be repeated at the beginning of 2 consecutive terms or barely separated from each other, that is, it is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of consonants or stressed syllables, such as : “My mom pampers me”.

For its part, in poetry, alliteration is characterized by achieving a sound effect through the consecutive repetition of a single phoneme or similar phonemes .

The purpose of alliteration is to embellish prose and poetry in order to produce sounds and musicality. Likewise, alliteration allows to recreate images associated with the senses, such as the following case of the poem belonging to the poet Garcilaso de la Vega: “in the silence only the whispering of the bees that sounded was heard”, it can be observed that the repetition of the letter “S” is a way of representing the sound made by bees.

Generally, alliteration adds a bit of fun to the phrase and, that is why it is observed in tongue twisters, for example: “three sad tigers ate wheat in a wheat field.”

Also, the presence of alliteration is essential in children’s books that are in the stage of knowing how to read since this expressive resource helps to memorize letters.

An alliteration can be used in various contexts, but the most common are:

  • Alliteration in tongue twisters, riddles, or puns . It is generally used to teach or transmit a certain sound to children or for a recreational purpose. In these cases, some consonant or consonant group is repeated in most of the words of the same sentence . For example: Three sad tigers eat wheat in a wheat field.
  • Alliteration in poetry . It is one of the rhetorical figures that are used to embellish writing and give it a particular phonic expression. In this case, a single sound or several similar sounds can be repeated. For example: The sighs escape from her strawberry mouth. In this poem by Rubén Darío, the repetition of the letter S is used with the intention of evoking the sound of sighs.
  • Alliteration in verse . Skaldic poetry (or courtly poetry) is characterized by using at least three words that begin with the same letter in the same line.

Alliteration and onomatopoeia

On many occasions, alliteration is often confused with onomatopoeia , but they are different elements: alliteration is the repetition of a sound, while onomatopoeia is a figure of speech that consists of the use of words that imitate certain sounds. For example: woof (evokes the barking of a dog) or boom (evokes the sound of a gunshot). Alliteration examples

Examples of alliteration in tongue twisters

  1. There is a skinned, skinned hen who marries a skinned, hairy, skinned rooster, and they have skinned, hairy, skinned chicks.
  2. Burro I save, I run through the mud, with a car, jar, churro, lining.
  3. Pepe combs his hair, Pepe chops potatoes, Pepe eats a pineapple, Pepe has few freckles.
  4. Mr. Magaña got lagaña, spider, tangle, from eating lasagna.
  5. Three sad tigers eat wheat in a wheat field.
  6. The spider with cunning rigs the cane, the spider with cunning is a tightwad.
  7. Pablito nailed a little nail, what little nail did Pablito nail?
  8. Erre with erre guitar, erre with erre barrel, how fast the wheels of the railway roll.
  9. Three sad trapeze artists run with three torn rags.
  10. Pepe Freckles chops potatoes with a beak, with a beak Pepe Pecas chops potatoes. If Pepe Pecas chops potatoes with a beak, where is the beak with which Pepe Pecas chops potatoes?
  11. The sky is cloudy, who will clear it? The stripper who strips it off will be a good stripper.
  12. The gold and the Moor promise in the tower of gold.
  13. The carts and carts run along the highway.
  14. The master loves the housekeeper but the housekeeper does not love the master.
  15. The geek kid eats gnocchi while goofing around and then puts on a bow.
  16. Parsley I ate, parsley I had dinner, and from eating so much parsley, I dressed up.
  17. Compadre, buy me a coconut! Compadre, I don’t buy coconut! Because he who eats little coconut buys little coconut and, since I eat little coconut, I buy little coconut!
  18. Pedrito ate fine pork in wine with cucumber.
  19. Doña Panchívida cut a dévido with the cuchívid of the Zapatevid. And her husband became angry because the cuchívid was sharp.
  20. The knee on the rib, the ankle on the cheek, a knuckle on the sideburn, straight to the stretcher.

Examples of alliteration in poetry

  1. The noise with which the hoarse storm rolls. (Jose Zorrilla)
  2. With the lofty wing of the slight fan. (Ruben Dario)
  3. Spain:
    fine spider‘s web,
    scythe and shrew,
    braña, entrails, cucaña,
    viciousness, pipirigaña,
    and everything that sounds and resonates
    with you: Spain, Spain.
    The bull makes its debut and fills itself
    with you and bathes in you,
    tins and untins,
    tins and untins,
    like the bull that is bull and blue bull of Spain. (Rafael Alberto)
  4. The dog from San Roque does not have a tail because Ramón Ramírez has cut it off. (Anonymous)
  5. The proud goldfinch sings.
    She sings, and to the pilgrim sound
    of her yellow throat,
    new wheat from the threshing
    crushes the glass of the trill. (Leopold Lugones)
  6. In the silence you could only hear
    the whisper of the bees that sounded. (Garcilaso de la Vega)
  7. As long as you feel that the soul laughs
    without the lips laughing. (Gustavo Adolfo Becquer)
  8. On the eardrum,
    the background hiss stops (Andrés Anwandter)
  9. His loose eyes light up the ground.
  10. With a red face there is a rich heart.
  11. Ya chole, chango, chilango
    What a crappy job you shoot You do
    n’t check to walk like a tacuche
    And chale with the tray. (Tacuba Coffee)
  12. Much, much noise,
    noise from windows,
    nests of apples
    that end up rotting.
    Much, much noise,
    so much, so much noise,
    so much noise and
    finally finally the end.
    So much noise and at the end. (Joaquin Sabina)
  13. Of ends, fleeting, fugitive, melted fires in your founded skin. (Jaime Siles)

Examples of alliteration in verse

  1. Clear and bugles are heard. (Ruben Dario)
  2. My mom pampers me, my mom loves me. (Anonymous)
  3. Josefina takes the sack out in the sun to dry. (Anonymous)
  4. Screeching shrieks. (Juan Ramon Jimenez)
  5. The wandering dragonfly of the vague illusion. (Ruben Dario)
  6. You grab claws from birds of rare breeds. (Gustavo Adolfo Becquer)
  7. His kissing mouth erases sadness. (Alfredo LePera)
  8. The brief flight of a green flight. (Anonymous)
  9. The sailboat with the violet sails flames like a free-flying bird. (Anonymous)
  10. Walker, there is no path, the path is made by walking. (Antonio Machado)
  11. Loving bird that trills exhales
    under the wing sometimes hiding the beak;
    what rude disdains he throws under the wing,
    under the lofty wing of the slight fan! (Ruben Dario)
  12. So much silly ink that pays attention to you and stupefies you. (Tow)
  13. My Beloved, the mountains,
    the lonely valleys in love,
    the strange islands,
    the sonorous rivers,
    the whistle of the loving airs. (Saint John of the Cross)
  14. Alone in the solitude of the lonely south of the ocean. (Pablo Neruda)
  15. To the winged souls of the roses. (Miguel Hernandez)
  16. When the lark sings
    and the nightingale answers,
    when lovers
    go to serve love. (Anonymous)
  17. I’m not me. (Juan Ramon Jimenez)
  18. I grab you rampant,
    and I reaffirm how rare it is to
    tear your clothes,
    tear your clothes like a raptor. (Felix Rosario Ortiz)
  19. Clear hours of the morning,
    in which a thousand golden bugles
    say the divine target:
    Hail to the sonorous celestial sun. (Ruben Dario)

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