Alliteration is the repetition of the same initial sound in words of close proximity.
It is an important element of the English literary tradition, first appearing in Old English verse, in which the first three of a line’s four stressed syllables were alliterated. Here is an approximate example from Seamus Heaney’s translation of ‘Beowulf’:
‘The cup was carried to him, kind words
spoken in welcome and a wealth of wrought gold
graciously bestowed, ….’
You may be interested to read Tennyson’s riddle ‘The Eagle’, which has four stressed syllables to the line. The first line fully observes the Old English alliterative tradition.
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