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Latin ad + litera letter.






Alliteration (plural Alliterations)
  1. The repetition of consonants 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. -Alfred Tennyson.

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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. - Piers Plowman.


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