How to Use Alliteration: Examples & Techniques
There are many poetry techniques which are essential to many poets' writings. Whether you are an amateur or professional, it is important to understand them and know how to use them correctly. These techniques allow your readers to use their imagination and come up with the conclusion you wish them to.
One great poetry technique is alliteration. Alliteration helps writers show emphasis on one area of the poem and attract the readers attention. The method to do this is described best as two or more words together with the same beginning sound. Here are a few examples:
- Wagging, wiggling
- Sounds simply sensational
- Crackling creeks
This word play allows the poet to manipulate the way their readers view the line and stanza. It helps create additional emotion and thoughts they would otherwise not have. It can do anything from add humor to add excitement.
Many of the greatest poets throughout history have used alliteration to their great advantage. A great example is John Clare's "Autumn": "green grass", "fallow fields", "overbaked bread", "Hill-tops like hot iron". Each set of alliteration changes the mood. For example, "green grass" gives thoughts of happiness and growth, but "overbaked bread" brings thoughts of burnt, crispy and possible irritation.
These alliterations help form the readers senses and helps bring an overall feel to the poem.
Of course, many children's rhymes also use alliteration to great effect. In these, they help bring the child's attention to the writing by using humor and excitement. Many Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss poems do this exquisitely.
As a poet, you are given many great techniques to work with. Learn how to use them and use them whenever you feel they fit the needs of the reader. The more you know about the different styles and techniques within poetry the better poet you will become.