NaPoWriMo 2016: day nine

 

Day nine!

Last week, we explored different ways of getting into a poem.

This week, we're exploring the building blocks of poetry: the words and sounds. We will try a variety of different techniques that can all be combined in a wide array of forms (which we will explore more fully next week - and since I'm aware that formal poetry isn't for everyone, I'll have an alternate prompt each day next week).

But for this week, let's have fun exploring words!

Today's prompt is to write a poem using alliteration.

Alliteration is sort of the opposite of end-rhyme. Alliteration is words that have the same sound in their first (stressed) syllable (we'll be talking more about stressed and unstressed syllables tomorrow or the next day, so don't worry too much about that part for right now).

Alliteration is REALLY fun to read aloud. Children's books use a lot of alliteration. Since any sort of rhythmic device makes memorization easier, there's a lot of alliteration in the old epic sagas, like Beowolf.

Some contemporary examples of poems that use a lot of alliteration are:

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
The Labyrinth by Robert P. Baird
Blues for X by George Elliot Clarke

Many poems use alliteration even when it isn't the main focus. For today, let's try writing a poem whose main feature is alliteration (if it also includes other techniques that's fine).

For bonus points, you can try your hand at alliterative verse.

This untitled poem of mine ("there is a mirror") is a good example of (loose) alliterative verse.

Have fun writing! Let the words roll around in your mouth (don't forget to read this one aloud as you're writing)!

Happy poeming!