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Alliteration


       Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds. Alliteration in poetry is pleasing to the ear and emphasizes the words in which it occurs. It can be used to create special effects In "The Highwayman" Alfred Noyes used the hard "k" sound to suggest the hard sound of a horse's hooves.

       Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark innyard.

William Wordsworth used alliteration in both of these lines from "Lucy Gray"

                   And sings a solitary song
                   That whistles in the wind.

Write a short serious poem using alliteration.
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If too much alliteration is used, we get a ridiculous sound, as in a tongue twister

            Example:
                   Stuart Stevens rode astride his stallion down the sandy seashore.
                   Seeing surfers, sailors, sun bathers, and swimmers, he stopped.
                   Stuart stood and stared at the scene.



Your turn to write a tongue twister.
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       At sometime or another, all of us have stumbled over tongue twisters - those tricky combinations of words that are very difficult to say. For example, try saying this short tongue twister three times in a row.

       Mixed biscuits

Difficult, isn't it? Here are three more well known tongue twisters:

            • Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
            • She sells sea shells down by the seashore.
            • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

What makes tongue-twisters so difficult to say? Here are a few characteristics:

            • Frequent repetition of a consonant sound.
                Example: the p in "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers".

            • Use of words that are almost - but not quite - the same.
                Example: she and sea, sells and shells.

            • Use of sounds that are similar, especially when one occurs right after the other.
                Example: the ix and is sounds in "mixed biscuits".

Try writing some tongue-twisters of your own. See how difficult you can make them. Test them by saying them out loud.

1. Write a tongue twister that uses the c and cr sounds frequently.
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2. Write a tongue twister that uses the words best and bets.
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3. Write a tongue twister that uses the words sisters and slipped.
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