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alliteration


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alliteration  \Al*lit`er*a"tion\,  n.  [L.  ad  +  litera  letter.  See 
  {Letter}.] 
  The  repetition  of  the  same  letter  at  the  beginning  of  two  or 
  more  words  immediately  succeeding  each  other  or  at  short 
  intervals;  as  in  the  following  lines: 
 
  Behemoth,  biggest  born  of  earth,  upheaved  His  vastness. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Fly  o'er  waste  fens  and  windy  fields.  --Tennyson. 
 
  Note:  The  recurrence  of  the  same  letter  in  accented  parts  of 
  words  is  also  called  alliteration.  Anglo-Saxon  poetry 
  is  characterized  by  alliterative  meter  of  this  sort. 
  Later  poets  also  employed  it 
 
  In  a  somer  seson  whan  soft  was  the  sonne,  I  shope 
  me  in  shroudes  as  I  a  shepe  were  --P.  Plowman. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alliteration 
  n  :  use  of  the  same  consonant  at  the  beginning  of  each  stressed 
  syllable  in  a  line  of  verse:  "around  the  rock  the  ragged 
  rascal  ran"  [syn:  {initial  rhyme},  {beginning  rhyme},  {head 
  rhyme}] 




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