|Source||Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); De Mille (1882); Waddy (1889); Raub (1888) 221; Johnson (1903) ("alliteration"); Kellog (1880) ("alliteration")|
|Synonyms||alliteratio, figure of like letter|
1. Repetition of the same letter or sound within nearby words. Most often, repeated initial consonants. (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. 186. ALLITERATION.
2. 579. ALLITERATION.
3. Alliteration is consistent with elegance. While it destroys both the strength and harmony of discourse to use words that sound alike, it is allowable, even in prose, to begin several successive words with the same letter-and this because it is agreeable to the ear. (Waddy)
4. "the repetition of the same initial letter" (Raub)
5. Alliteration.—The figure of alliteration is pleasant to the ear and helpful to the memory, but with the reason it plays a more important part than it should. Many proverbs and epigrams derive their life and force less from inherent truth than from their alliterative structure and the consequent ease of remembering and repeating them. Antithesis and alliteration are equally guilty of that kind of mischief. Alliteration may be a proper element in any composition, but it may show itself to a greater extent in poetry than in prose, because anything that looks like artificiality is a blemish in a prose style. Alliteration consists simply in a succession of accented syllables that begin with the same sound. It is alliteration as truly when the sound is represented by different letters as when it is represented by the same... (Johnson, 15)
6. IV. ELEGANCE ALLOWS ALLITERATION.-While in a prose sentence words which sound alike are offensive, it is allowable, because agreeable to the ear, to begin several successive words with the same letter. Alliteration, the repetition of the same letter at the beginning of successive words, or words near each other, if not frequent, and obviously striven for, contributes to elegance. (Kellog, 173)
1. Why not waste a wild weekend at Westmore Water Park? (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. "The winds in wonder wist."
4. "The lingering light of the setting sun" (Raub)
5. Young Phelim felled the cunning kangaroo. (Johnson, 15)
5. Many mellow Cydonian suckets,
5. For winter's rains and ruins are over,
The full streams feed on flower of rushes,
|Related Figures||paroemion, homoeoprophoron, acrostic, figures of repetition, figures of sound|
|Notes||I think the example is actually paroemion (alliteration taken to an extreme); whereas a more appropriate example would be a newspaper headline like "Lucky Larry Finally Loses".|
|Last Editor||Ioanna Malton|
|Editorial Notes||Would paroemion be a type of alliteration? I'm not sure how you would mark a clear division between the two, if you wanted to. -ark|