Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oldie, but a Goody

This evening, there was some discussion about alliteration between me and a new friend we've made. That brought up this post I wrote a few years ago during the month of December. I know it's not December yet, but as we're fast approaching Black Friday in the States, I thought I'd give you something to chew on for fun.

Here is my piece de resistance, Alliteration (2006). Just for comparison's sake, here is the one I wrote a year later, Alliteration (2007). Personally, I think 2006's is the better of the two. I don't know why I didn't do one last year, but I may just have to do one this year.

Oh, and check out Carl's blog. He needs some travel suggestions and a kick in the butt to start writing again.

Cartoon source: Google Images.


Maya said...

My, but that was a marvelous and magnificent manifestation of mad musings!

Gilahi said...

OK, here I am being anal-retentive again, but isn't alliteration consonant-specific? That is, it's the repeating of an initial or stressed consonant sound in a series of words.

If it's a vowel sound that's repeated or stressed, then it's assonance.

I think your two posts had examples (and excellent ones) of both.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Maya: Alliterative writing does require a bit of madness.

Gilahi: I believe, traditionally, you are correct, but I read somewhere a few years ago that the definition had been broadened a bit to no longer be so exclusive to consonants only. Assonance is a repeat of vowel sounds, but because we're a lazy lot when it comes to language, vowels seem to have received some kind of informal dispensation and may now be used in a fashion described as alliterative. Then again, maybe I misread something. I'm sure if I did, JaneAnne will do the honors of correcting the error of my ways.

Anonymous said...

Loved those, Tewkesy.