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 some advice…that, I never forgot. His advice on how to write poems was: “When writing a poem, tell your story first.  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, think of a few words that trigger a memory, 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”  came to mind, then rain drops, puddles, pumpkin patch and rotting rinds followed. I quickly wrote the words down.

As I was writing, one thought led to another. Memories came to mind and a picture came into my head of the fun times my family had throughout the years 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 thought become an alliteration poem.

Pumpkin Patch

 Rainy day rain drops rippling down rotting rinds left behind

softly singing pitter patter on puddles…

where once planted pumpkins patiently waited for picking

as sounds of silly sons’ and giggly girls’ excitement echoed

across the pumpkin patch now 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.

© Barbara R. Johnson

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When you write your alliteration poem, please share it with others. I’d love it if you’d share it here!