Alliteration is the use of the same starting letter in a name or a phrase. I like to think of it as being a literature because it seems the further away from literature you are, the more it is likely to be used.

Alliteration has a real cartoony feel. Like in Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Porky Pig. Pierre Poilievre, etc. So it is used in many more cartoon characters than I have mentioned.

It is also commonly used in Marvel comics for names of characters. Like Peter Parker, J. Jonah Jameson, Bruce Banner, Daredevil, Green Goblin, etc.

A literature buff might argue that these sets of names are far away from literature, and in fact, a bit tacky.

Literature has relegated sounds to the tackiness scrap heap before. Do you like to rhyme words? Don’t do it in literature’s poetry. That has been out for over a century.

Instead, if you must rhyme, stick to writing lyrics for music or lyrics for a rap piece. Freestyle rap is after all, just a rhyming contest.

The only poems I’ve seen that still use rhyme are genre poems for science fiction and some of the poems in the Lord of the Rings. These poems are definitely not under the literature banner.

I sometimes find alliteration and rhyming fun. In sticking to its guns, literature, in this regards, is against fun. Maybe not being literature is a thing to be proud of.

About Larry Russwurm

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