Monday, May 28, 2007

Abundant Alliteration

1.the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group (consonantal alliteration), as in from stem to stern, or with a vowel sound that may differ from syllable to syllable (vocalic alliteration), as in each to all. Compare consonance (def. 4a).
2.the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration's artful aid."

Re-reading The Everlasting Man today, I noticed something that merited a second glance. I might not have noticed it if I hadn't been studying the topic recently as a writing technique rather than just wordplay. This was the sentence:
"He would find the trail of monsters blindly developing in directions outside all our common imagery of fish and bird; groping and grasping and touching life with every extravagant elongation of horn and tongue and tentacle; growing a forest of fantastic caricatures of the claw and the fin and the finger."
- Chapter 1
Maybe not all of those were intentional, but they inveigled my interest.`

1 comment:

Lucia said...

Alliteration is very interesting. Wordplay in writing can make it marvelous.