Thursday Writing Prompt #158

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Today’s Thursday Writing Prompt is about alliteration. This is when the initial sounds of words in a sentence repeat rather than the word endings having rhyme. The caption on this week’s image is an example of alliteration.

Tongue twisters make great use of alliteration, and they’re often funny. In today’s writing prompt, your task is to write a tongue twister. My favorite is probably “how much wood can a woodchuck chuck.” You can search the internet for tongue twisters, but here are some short phrases that might provide inspiration:

  • two-ton trousers
  • crazy cats caterwauling constantly
  • pickled peanuts packed in pepper
  • Barney bakes banana bread
  • take tea and toast on Tuesdays
  • seven skeletons sent for salad

One of the best uses of alliteration is in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven. Poe’s masterful use of this writing tool gives his poem a cadence that makes it a great poem to read aloud. If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into the types of literary devices that Poe used in this work, there’s an article on the Poem Analysis website that goes into some detail.*


*Noor Rehman, “The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe,” Poem Analysis, February 4, 2022,