01 April 2011

A for Alliteration

This post is brought to you by the letter A.

It's April Fool's Day! But there's nobody to play a joke on except my coworkers. (Ominous pause.)

Moving on! It is the first day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Welcome, fellow A-Z bloggers. In keeping with my sponsor, the letter A, the topic will be alliteration.

Alliteration is the repetition of a sound that begins a series of words. My favorite example is from the film V for Vendetta.
"VoilĂ ! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."
Ok, so this is an exceedingly exaggerated example. (Do you see what I did there?) But my point remains that a pinch of poetry sprinkled in prose can give your writing an appealing lyrical quality.

Look for your favorite authors, columnists, and cartoonists using this trick!

More stuff on alliteration
J.K. Rowling gets her alliteration on.
Neuroscience shows that when alliteration is present, readers remember the story better. (And you do want your writing to be remembered, right?)

Like this post? Check out my other posts on writing and film.

Now You!
Who have you seen (or read) using alliteration in their writing? Have you ever consciously tried doing this?