Alliteration is a literary device where two or more words in a phrase or line of poetry share the same beginning sound. The words can be adjacent or can be separated by one or more words. Usually the beginning consonants in the words are used for the alliteration; but, sometimes the vowels in the words are used.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary... While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping... For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore... And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Closed my lids, and kept them close,
And the balls like pulses beat ;
For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky
Lay like a load on my weary eye,
And the dead were at my feet. - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Behemoth biggest born of earth upheaved
His vastness: Fleeced the flocks and bleating rose,
As plants: Ambiguous between sea and land
The river-horse, and scaly crocodile. - Paradise Lost by John Milton
I leave the plain, I climb the height;
No branchy thicket shelter yields;
But blessed forms in whistling storms
Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields. - Sir Galahad by Alfred Tennyson
Up the aisle, the moans and screams merged with the sickening smell of woolen black clothes worn in summer weather and green leaves wilting over yellow flowers. - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew, The furrow followed free; We were the first that ever burst Into that silent sea. - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In a somer seson, whan soft was the sonne . . ." - Piers Plowman by William Langland
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