Poetry

Alliteration:  Does it Articulate, Arouse or Just Aggravate Your Audience?

Loving this blog post on poetry craft this morning… ever wonder if you’re using alliteration enough/not enough and why it works?

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Post by: Marilyn L. Davis

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Interesting Idioms Intrigue Our Readers

Alliteration is derived from Latin’s “Latira”meaning,“letters of alphabet”. It is a writing style in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series.

“Alliteration is a device that many writers employ to create a treasure trove of tried-and-true, bread-and-butter, bigger-and-better, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, do-or-die, footloose-and-fancy-free, larger-than-life, cream-of-the-crop titles.”  Edwin Newman quoted by Jim Fisher in The Writer’s Quotebook: 500 Authors on Creativity, Craft, and the Writing Life. Rutgers Univ. Press, 2006)

Titles:  Attracting and Appealing to the Reader

Alliteration in your title captures readers with a few well chosen words.  Since this is the first opportunity you have to entice your audience to read further, it is an excellent way to add interest. Still, titles pose a challenge; some writers have a title in mind and then create the article, and others…

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