Season X Challenge 6: Alliterative Poem

Write an alliterative poem depicting change. Change of season, life changes, change of heart…

Your poem must be written in the quatrain style but in a tone of your choosing: serious, satirical or silly or…? Maximum length: 160 words. Deadline: Tuesday 28th January before midnight GMT

For examples of how to write a quatrain: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/glossary-term/Quatrain

Alliteration: Alliteration is derived from Latin ad- (expressing addition) + littera (letter). It is a stylistic device in which a number of words occur close together in a series, having the same first consonant sound.

Consider the following examples:

  1. But a better butter makes a batter better.
  2. A big bully beats a baby boy.

Both sentences are alliterative because the first letter of words (B) occurs close together and produces alliteration in the sentence. An important point to remember here is that alliteration does not depend on letters but on sounds.

Alliteration does not have to be silly:

Rain races onto the porch

Hitting hard like
Rockets rushing in a race to the glass.
Rattling rain, rattling the window panes.
The droplets dance daintily
Until they cleverly connect in
A pool of promise for a rainbow.

Many examples of alliterative poetry here:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/browse/#poetic-terms=38

Here is a good how-to – don’t forget to check out their Sample poems at the top:

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-Alliteration-Poems

Here is a site that provides a wealth of examples (just ignore the cheesy ads!):

http://grammar.about.com/od/terms/g/alliteration.htm