Alliteration Alliteration is the repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words; often it is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in close proximity. Example: In clichés: sweet smell of success, a dime a dozen, bigger and better, jump for joy In Wordsworth: And sings a solitary song That whistles in the wind. The ancient poets often used alliteration instead of rhyme; in Beowulf there are three alliterations in every line. For example: Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings, / Leader beloved, and long he ruled / In fame with all folk since his father had gone . . . Modern poets also avail themselves of alliteration, especially as a substitute for rhyme. Robert Frost's "The Death of the Hired Man" begins: Mary sat musing on the lamp-flame at the table Waiting for Warren. When she heard his step. . . . Like rhyme, alliteration is a great help to memory. It is a powerful device that prose has borrowed. It is the alliteration which makes us remember such phrases as: "sink or swim," "do or die," "fuss and feathers," "the more the merrier," "watchful waiting," "poor but proud," "hale and hearty," "green as grass," "live and learn," "money makes the mare go." Practice: The failure of success and the success of failures Someone banged at my door, The spirit within a soul stood a person called success. when sprouts, I welcomed him. soaks success of the successfuls, But, he was ephemeral. signals another star, slaughtering its struggle. Success turned to failure. Some lanterns in life A failure fails to feel lead to lustrous living the feelings of fame and some, but not always will the leave your life lethal. failure feast on fall through. Life is like a novel, Success is not the succession each page, a different story, of success. walking through it, mysteries reveal Sour, a success can be when the trustful truth. subordinates subdue your strength, sends for a stroll into short- comings, Divya G. Prasad, India sips every spice of your song.
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