A-Z: General definitions: Alliteration


Alliteration is a device frequently used in poetry or rhetoric (speech-making) whereby words starting with the same consonant are used in close proximity- e.g. 'fast in fires', 'stars, start'. This tends to emphasise the words, and can add to their sense of power, especially if the opening consonant is a hard one (such as t, d, n, k).

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