alliteration definition

  • noun:
    • The repetition of the identical sounds or of the identical forms of sounds at the start of terms or in stressed syllables, like in "on scrolls of silver snowy sentences” ( Hart Crane). Contemporary alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary customs, like Old English verse, in addition alliterate using vowel sounds.
    • The repetition of consonants at the start of two or more terms immediately succeeding both, or at quick periods.
    • The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words, such as Anglo-Saxon alliterative meter.
    • The repetition of the identical letter at the beginning of two or more words straight away succeeding one another, or at brief intervals; as with here outlines:
    • The repetition of the identical page or sound at the beginning of several words in close or immediate succession; the recurrence of the same initial sound in the first accented syllables of words; preliminary rime: as, many men, many minds.
    • Alliteration had been a characteristic of old Teutonic poetry (Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, Old Saxon, Icelandic, etc.), critical rime, as a consistent function, becoming of later (Romance) introduction. The outlines had been divided in to two parts, 1st having regularly two alliterating syllables, the second one; but by permit or simple accident four or maybe more alliterating syllables may occur, such as the past distinct the herb from Piers Plowman. The alliterating syllable had been constantly accented, and was not always preliminary, as written; it could follow an unaccented prefix, as ar-raye in extract. The vowels, becoming all more or less available and simple of utterance, might alliterate collectively. In Churchill's range “Apt alliteration's artful help,” given above, the original vowel-sounds vary (a, a or a, ȧ, ā), though spelled with the exact same page. The next is a good example of Middle English alliteration:
    • Chaucer's verse is cast on Romance model with last rime, but he frequently makes use of alliteration as yet another ornament:
    • Such alliteration is much afflicted with Spenser and his imitators, and occurs with more or less regularity in every modern poetry.
    • use of the same consonant at the start of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

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