Alliteration

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Alliteration is a phonetic stylistic device which aims at imparting a melodic effect to the utterance. The essence of this device lies in the repetition of similar sounds, as a rule, consonant...

Alliteration is a phonetic stylistic device which aims at imparting a melodic effect to the utterance. The essence of this device lies in the repetition of similar sounds, as a rule, consonant sounds, in close succession, particularly at the beginning of successive words: “The possessive instinct never stands still” (J.Galsworthy) or, “Deep into the darkness peering, /long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming /dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before” (E.A.Poe).

Alliteration, like most phonetic expressive means, does not bear any lexical or other meaning unless we agree that a sound meaning exists as such. But even so we may not be able to specify clearly the character of this meaning, and the term will merely suggest that a certain amount of information is contained in the repetition of sounds, as is the case with the repetition of lexical units.

It is a phonetic stylistic device, which aims at imparting a melodic effect to the utterance. Ex.: Welling waters, winsome words (Swinborne).The winnowing wind (Keats).

e.g. “Dead Dufton,” I muttered to myself. Dirty Dufton, Dreary Dufton, Dispicable Dufton” – then stopped. (J.Braine) – (“Душный Дафтон, – бормотал я себе под нос. – Допотопный Дафтон, Дрянной Дафтон, Дохлый Дафтон …” – и умолк.)

Eminem - Space Bound http://www.directlyrics.com/eminem--space-bound-music-video-news.html P.S. I think that in this song you can find a lot of alliteration. =)

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