Alliteration is when a writer repeats consonant sounds at the beginnings of a sequence of words. Here are some examples:
- perky, purple pansies
- fiery phantoms
- cunning, courageous characters
Assonance is when a writer repeats vowel sounds in a sequence of words. Here are some examples:
- radiantly blazing paint
- dwindling winter chill
- seeds of eaten peels
Many poets and writers of prose use alliteration and assonance to enhance their word choices. Sounds of words make writing come alive! You can use alliteration and assonance when you edit your work to make your word choices pop!
Try this: look for examples of alliteration and assonance in your favorite poems. See how many you can find!
Next: write some fun phrases using alliteration and assonance.
Then: use your phrases to extend your writing into fun poetry and more interesting prose!