Simply Stupendous!

Alliteration uses the same initial consonant sound as nearby words, and it’s one fun, favorite tool to use in poetry as well as prose. Bernice Fredrickson, a lady in the church I grew up in, memorized “The Prodigal Son in F# Major.” Based on the Biblical story, nearly every word began with the letter F. Her recitation released giggles and guffaws, and we all begged Bernice to recite it again and again. As a small child, it seemed simply silly stuff, but I was so taken with this that I began playing with alliteration in my poetry. Do you use alliteration in your poetry, too? Say, it’s simply stupendous!

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