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Alliteration is when a consonant sound is repeated constantly in a sentence, paragraph, or poem. The first letters of the alliterated words are usually the subject of alliteration, but not always. Alliteration is used for many reasons, including:

  • to make something sound musical
  • to emphasize something
  • to tie two lines of a poem together

One common example of alliteration is:

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.

Of course, as mentioned before, alliteration doesn't have to be in the first letter of a word:

Bob the carpet sweeper dug deeper after he saw the zoo keeper.

The above alliteration rhymes, though it does not have to rhyme to be considered an alliteration. Here is an example of an alliteration that does not rhyme:

Flying Fred fish frequently flew fast for fattening fish food.