Poetry 101 – Alliteration 2

A series of posts about poetry 101

What is Alliteration?

The first sound in a series of words is the same, for example,
‘she sells sea shells.’ It can help to
set the mood of the poem.

What could be done, for example, write down some adjectives that are linked with summer.

Example – Hot Summer words that start with S
Sizzling, summer, sand, seat, sailboat, stereo,  sales,smoky,  saliva, store, sad, shark, salt, seaside, seasonal,
seaquake, surf, seahorse, secrets,sway,  seawater, spin, stars, soapy.

I picked the letter S as it sounds like a snake and they are found in hot countries. Even the amount of syllable
s in a word can change a poem, if words have long syllables then that slows the poem, and gives it a sluggish
feeling. Words made with short syllables are quick and fast.

So, not only is my poem an example of alliteration but it is also in free verse. Alliteration can be used in any
type of  poem.
Sliced and diced
swamped in
quenching goo
I sit. And wait
for the time –
will now do?
Hunger. Tummy rumbles. Lightening.

by Michelle Moloney King

This poem is written about my lunch, I have vegan chicken sliced and waiting to be cooked. It is marinating in a oily  bed of garlic, rosemary, thyme, pepper and it smells so good. I wrote another one:

Collapsed under shade
and needing no more
I decide to head home
And I start to realise
that not even the shade of my favourite tree
will cool me down.

Here is the edited version –

Collapsed under shade
Needing no more. I head home.
Not even shade helps. My favourite tree
fails me.
And I  now know
That nothing
can cool me.

By Michelle Moloney King


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