Poetic Device #2: AlliterationMarch 6, 2007
Alliteration is the repetition of letters and sounds for effect. It is often used by authors and poets. The effect can be:
…spooky – The silver spider slowly sidled towards her.
…funny – Oh buzz off you big, blue-faced baboon.
…exciting – Frantically the fox ran faster throughthe furrows.
Poets use alliteration like painters use different colours — for effect!
This is the beginning of a counting poem that uses alliteration for a comic effect:
One waggly walrus won a wet wager.
Two trustful tigers tumbled out for tea.
Three thin thrushes thumped a thich theif.
One wonky wheelchair wobbling wildly.
Two tatty Toyotas turning.
Three thrilling Thunderbirds throbbing.
Which poem do you like best?
YOUR TASK: With a partner, create your own counting poem using the numbers from one to ten. Add your completed poems to this post as comments, and then prepare a paper copy of your poem which includes hand-drawn (& colored) pictures.