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Poetic Device #2: Alliteration

March 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.

Here’s another:

          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. 

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27 comments

  1. One wet waterslide wet the walrus’s bed
    Two timid tigers tried very hard to solve a puzzle
    Three thirsty thunderbirds thumping
    Four friends freaked out before Friday
    Five fires blazed Friday
    Six step stools stayed
    Seven smelly sox stayed home for supper
    Eight enormous things eat
    Nine naughty knots went nuts
    Ten tunas took time

    This wasn’t the one me and my partner came up with though, we will post that later!!!


  2. Great poem giggles!! i really like the use of words!


  3. little sentence

    A bambling, bumbling band of babboons.
    sorry it’s so short. this is not with a partner.


  4. One wiggly walrus won a wet wager
    Two trustful tigers tumgled out for tea
    Three thin thrushersthumped a thick theif
    Four flowers flowing in the wind
    Five feather falling
    Six small sea horses swimming
    Seven seagulls soaring high
    Eight elephants excited every day
    Nine naughty noodles have never been eaten neat
    Ten tom cats taking time to rest


  5. One wonky wheelchair wobbling.
    Two tatty Toyotas turning.
    Three thrilling thunderbirds throbbing.
    Four funny flyers flopping.
    Five fragile fishes fighting.
    Six sinking submarines screaming s.o.s…
    Seven savage sasquatches sledding swiftly.
    Eight elegant elephants in elongated elevators.
    Nine neglected gnarly nuns napping.
    Ten triumphantly terrible turtle’s turding.


  6. ONE wonky wheelchair wobbling wildly
    TWO tatty Toyotas turning
    THREE thrilling thunderbirds throbbing
    FOUR fammilliar faces fidgeting
    FIVE fast falcons feeding
    SIX sad soldiers sobbing
    SEVEN sick supporters singing
    EIGHT edgy elephants eating
    NINE neat nieghbors nitting
    TEN terrible termites taunting

    Omar and Yuriy


  7. ONE wonky wheelchair wobbling
    TWO tatty Toyotas turning
    THREE thrilling Thunderbirds throbbing
    FOUR funny flyers flopping
    FIVE fragil fishes fighting fiercely
    SIX sinking submarines screaming S.O.S.
    Seven savage sasquatches sledding swiftly
    Eight elegant elephants in elongated elevators
    NINE neglected gnarly nuns napping
    TEN triumphant turtles turding terribly


  8. ONE waggly walrus won wet waggers
    TWO trustful tigers tumble to tea
    THREE thin thrushes thump thick thieves
    FOUR fuzzy ferrets forge fake fingernails
    FIVE funny fish fight ferocious frogs
    SIX siver serpents sing silly songs
    SEVEN sneaky snails snap sleeping snakes
    EIGHT evil eagles eat elegent elephants
    NINE naughty knightengales nip nicely
    TEN tentive tarantulas turn to take tuneful ticks


  9. One wonky wheelchair wobbling wildly
    Two tatty Toyota’s turning
    Three thrilling thunderbirds throbbing
    Four funny, flying flamingos
    Five flapping furry flamingos
    Six stinky, smelly, stupid snakes
    Seven apple eating apes
    Eight elastic elephants in elevators
    Nine nippy nibbling knights
    Ten tidy tip-top toads tiptoed


  10. One waggly walrus won a wet wager.
    Two trustful tigers tumbled out for tea.
    Three thin thrushes thumped a thich thief.
    Four flipping funny falcons
    Five giddy great giraffes
    Six sad submarine sandwiches sobbing
    Seven sickly smelling stupid’s
    Eight moody models modeling
    Nine nit picking, not nice natural disasters napping
    Ten tight telephone tails tiptoeing to take a tortoise


  11. One wiggly walrus won the wet wigger
    Two trustful tigers went out for tea
    Three thin thrushes thumped a thick thief
    Four fat frogs from France
    Five flipping fish were freaky
    Six silly Saguache skipped in snow
    Seven sad snakes slithered south
    Eight excited elephants ate egg plant
    Nine nocturnal night crawlers nicked nothing
    Ten terrific turtles took a tower


  12. One waggly walrus won a wet wager
    Two trustful tigers tumbled out for tea
    Three thin thrushes thumped a thick thief
    Four filthy ferrets fought a fluffy fox
    Five fancy fish flew after a fat frog
    Six sassy snakes slithering silently
    Seven slippery seals swallow salty sardines
    Eight enormous elephants eat eggs
    Nine nasty newts nail a new knob
    Ten tedious turkeys turn from tart to tasty


  13. One waggly walrus won a wet wager
    Two trustful tigers tumbled out for tea
    Three thin thrushes thumped a thick theif
    Four filthy ferrets fought a fluffy fox
    Five fancy fish flew after a fat frog
    Six sassy snakes slithering silently
    Seven slippery seals swallow salty sardines
    Eight enormous elephants eat eggs
    Nine nasty newts nail a new knob
    Ten tedious turkeys turn from tart to tasty


  14. ONE waggly walrus won the wet wagger

    TWO trustful tigers tumbled out for tea

    THREE thin thrushes thumped a thick theif

    FOUR fancy foxes flew first-class to a friend’s
    funeral

    FIVE flawless falcons flirted fashionably withg four famous frogs

    SIX stupid selfish shellfish screamed to a slippery stable

    SEVEN sad scooters skooted scournfully away

    EIGHT elegant elephants entered the exciting elementary school

    NINE nosy no-good newts made a nuisance by nudging noodles

    TEN talented tablespoons tried to tickle two turtles

    hehe, lol


  15. One walrus washed down one whooping glass of water
    Two twinkle toed tattletales told on Tyler the Toilet
    Three trees tried to eat the tuna
    Four fruits were fried by the freakishly nerdy fish
    Five fat flies found their way to the frog
    Six smelly socks stank their way to sesame street
    Seven snowballs stabbed the slithering snake
    Eight elegant elephants eased therir way to the Easter bunny
    Nine ninja’s named nosy nosed their way to the knowledge center
    Ten tulips turned to the tomatoes

    Buclez and i worked on this


  16. ONE weird woman wants a wet walrus
    TWO timid tigers are tamed by tough trainers
    THREE thoughtful things thought of theives
    FOUR famous friends fought for fancy fame
    FIVE fighters found french fellows in France on Friday
    SIX soft small shih tzus saw something to the South
    SEVEN sunny Saturdays started out stormy
    EIGHT elephants eating exellant eggs in England
    NINE nephews never new their name untill next November
    TEN timely towns had tremendous tempuratures


  17. One wet wiggly walrus won the wet wigger,
    Two trustful tigers tumbled out for tea,
    Three thumping thumper thumped down a hill,
    Four flimsy fish got flabergasted by Fergie,
    Five fat finger jumped off the Heezay,
    Six silly snakes stacked so high,
    Seven stumpy sausages slapped Sammy silly,
    Eight elated elephants ate eggs,
    Nine naughty nelves got into a knot,
    Ten tentacles tested twenty tips.


  18. One tangy turtle trumpeting on the trailing train.
    Two zebra’s zipping up on zippety lane.
    Three public penguins paying their bills
    Four freaky flopping famine fighting fish
    Five sloppy slithering snappy snakes
    Six babbling bears playing basketball
    Seven skiing snails soaring through snow
    Eight elephants exercising while eating eggplant
    Nine pink pigs picking pinecones
    Ten terrorizing toads blowing trumpets


  19. The last poem i posted was also made by [D]umb [S]ki [B]um [S]uper [G] [Q]ueen


  20. One tangy turtle trumpeting on the trailing train.
    Two zebra’s zipping up on zippety lane.
    Three public penguins paying their bills
    Four freaky flopping famine fighting fish
    Five sloppy slithering snappy snakes
    Six babbling bears playing basketball
    Seven skiing snails soaring through snow
    Eight elephants exercising while eating eggplant
    Nine pink pigs picking pinecones
    Ten terrorizing toads blowing trumpets!


  21. one orange ostrich
    two tangy turtles
    three thinking toads
    four freaky flamingos
    five funny ferrits
    six slimy snakes
    seven swooping swans
    eight electrifying elephants
    nine noisy nuthaths
    ten triumphant tigers


  22. ONE out-of-place okapi
    TWO terrified tape worms
    THREE thoughtful toucan
    FOUR frightened flamingos
    FIVE famished ferrets
    SIX stupid stingrays
    SEVEN slippery salmon
    EIGHT elegant emus
    NINE neglected newts
    TEN tiny terns


  23. One wet orangutang
    Two terific toddlers
    Three things thinking
    Four fat frogs
    Five falling falcons
    Six smelly sheep
    Seven smiling snakes
    Eight euphoric elephants
    Nine noisy Narwhal nuged newts
    Ten tickilish Terriers!


  24. I like the idea of “eight euphoric elephants”. I wonder what they would look like…hmmm…


  25. the snake slithered silently across the silver sands.


  26. the dinosaur drummed his dhol dynamically


  27. i think these are really cool alitteratoins and i am a fan of really funny aliteration jokes but i think there should be more of them it was nice reading these ill stop by this website some other time bye



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