Alliteration is the repetition of the same beginning sound. It can be a tongue twister, but not always. Alliterations may have a beginning vowel or consonant sound.
Pink pigs are peculiar porkers.
Sammy saw six swimming snakes.
Awful Oliver can operate an auto in Ottawa.
Jim the giraffe can jump in gymnastics.
(The last two alliterations show that it is the repetition of the same sound, not the same letter.)
Here are just a few examples of alliteration poems:
The Tutor by Carolyn Wells
A tutor who tootled the flute
Was teaching two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
“Is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
The 4:04 Train by Carolyn Wells
“There’s a train at 4:04,” said Miss Jenny;
Four tickets I’ll take. Have you any?”
Said the man at the door: “Not four for 4:04,
For four for 4:04 is too many.”
The Butter Betty Bought by Carolyn Wells
Betty Botta bought some butter;
“But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter!
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit o’ better butter will make my batter better.”
Then she bought a bit o’ butter
Better than the bitter butter,
Made her bitter batter better.
So ’twas better Betty Botta bought a bit o’ better butter.
(This poem is not only an example of alliteration with the repetition of the beginning b sound, but consonance as well with the repetition of the interior t sound.)
Weather by Anonymous
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.
(This alliteration poem repeats the beginning consonant w sound.)
Hush-A-By-Baby by Unknown
Hush-a-by-baby on the tree-top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall–
Down comes baby, cradle and all!
(This alliteration poem repeats a few different beginning consonant sounds…b–by, baby, bough breaks, t–tree-top, w–when, wind)
A Fly and a Flea in a Flue by Anonymous
A fly and a flea in a flue
Were imprisoned so what could they do?
Said the fly, “Let us flee!”
“Let us fly!” said the flea,
And they flew through a flaw in the flue.
(This alliteration poem repeats the beginning consonant f sound.)
The Codfish by Anonymous
The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,
The homely hen lays one.
The codfish never cackles
To tell you what she’s done.
And so we scorn the codfish,
While the humble hen we prize,
Which only goes to show you
That it pays to advertise.
(This poem uses alliteration of h and hard c sounds: homely hen, codfish/cackles, humble/hen)