How to Write an Alliteration Poem
When writing an alliteration poem, tell your story first. Then add rhyme and words with similar beginning consonant sounds to create your alliteration poem.
How do I write an alliteration poem? I remember an interview I read a few years ago on how to write poems. During the interview, the poet (whose name has escaped me) shared someÂ advice…that, I never forgot. His advice on how to write poems was: “When writing a poem, tell your story first. Â Then add the rhyme where you can naturally, without changing your story.” This is the basis for my writing an alliteration poem before I find replacement words with similar beginning consonant sounds.
Let’s Get Started Writing Your Alliteration Poem
To begin writing your alliteration poem, thinkÂ ofÂ a few words that trigger a memory,Â then write down all the words that come to mind. Make connections with words that have the same beginning sounds to create a picture and you, too, will have written an alliteration poem.
- Start with one thought, an alliteration poem starts with just one thought
- look around, inside or outside – what stands out as unusual, beautiful, funny…
- write down some words that you can relate to your subject
- find more words that start with the same beginning consonant sounds
- connect the words to create a story
- add some rhyme where you can
This is How I Wrote My Alliteration Poem, Pumpkin Patch
Sometimes a poem idea comes unexpectedly. Pumpkin Patch started with just one thought. While I was watching rain drops dripping down on the leaves outside my living room window today, “pitter patter”Â came to mind, thenÂ rain drops, puddles, pumpkin patchÂ andÂ rottingÂ rinds followed. I quickly wrote the words down.
As I was writing, one thought led to another. Memories came to mind and aÂ picture came into my head of the fun times my family had throughout the yearsÂ pumpkin picking in local pumpkin patches. That thought connected to rain. The connection was that this year there won’t be as many pumpkins because of all the large amount of rain we’ve had this pumpkin growing season.
By choosing words with similar beginning sounds to create images…and lots of rewriting…my beginning thoughtÂ become an alliteration poem.
Â Rainy day rain drops rippling down rotting rinds left behind
softly singing pitter patter on puddles…
where onceÂ planted pumpkins patiently waited for picking
as sounds of silly sons’ and giggly girls’ excitement echoed
across the pumpkin patch nowÂ fastly fading with Fall…
where soon seeds will settle in the soil to
wait out Winter and wake in Spring
in hopes a sunny Summer will grow
our pumpkin patch again.
Â© Barbara R. Johnson
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