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    Alliteration

    I was writing about poetry, Anglo Saxon poetry used alliteration rather than rhyme and I wanted to show how powerful a device it is. Now my usual example for this has been “Clunk click every trip guys and gals!”, because everyone knows it (In England anyway) but I thought “‘Now then, now then’, not exactly PC any more is it?”

    I went through my memory for other examples, and came up with things like “Simple Simon hates happy hour, he is a party pooper”. Well there are three nice examples there, but they are not quite as universal as the original, not in combination anyway. What can you come up with in the way of well known alliteration that would illustrate its effectiveness?
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    I used alliteration in several lines of my new poem that I posted today called "Desert Rose."

    Stan Lee actually uses alliteration in his comic books with his hero and villain names. Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom), Matt Murdoch (Daredevil), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Otto Octavius (Doc Oc), and many others.
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    Good example, Lewdog. I was thinking advertisements as something everyone knows. Two of them are alliterative in both incarnations, makes me wonder what Wonder Woman's alter-ego is called.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    Good example, Lewdog. I was thinking advertisements as something everyone knows. Two of them are alliterative in both incarnations, makes me wonder what Wonder Woman's alter-ego is called.

    The world wide web would not be the same if it were called the global mesh would it?
    How about Gore's Global Gadget? Al Gore invented the internet right? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloggsworth View Post
    Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, a peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
    That's a tongue twister not alliteration.

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    I was reminded of this thread when I came across a quote from Sir Gawain and the Green knight from the fourteenth century.

    Lo! The shimmering of the shafts as they were shot from bows!
    An arrow flew forth at every forest turning,
    The broad head biting on the brown flank.
    They screamed as the blood streamed out, sank dead on the sward,
    Always harried by hounds hard on their heels,
    And the hurrying hunters' high horn notes.

    Apparently the whole epic poem is alliterative.
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    When I think of alliteration, I think of Poe. From memory (and The Raven) "...and the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain..." Yes it rhymes, too, this is the example in English class though when I first *understood* what alliteration is.
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