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Alliteration vs. Allusion — What's the Difference?

Alliteration vs. Allusion — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Alliteration and Allusion

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Alliteration

In literature, alliteration is the conspicuous repetition of identical initial consonant sounds in successive or closely associated syllables within a group of words, even those spelled differently. As a method of linking words for effect, alliteration is also called head rhyme or initial rhyme.

Allusion

Allusion is a figure of speech, in which an object or circumstance from unrelated context is referred to covertly or indirectly. It is left to the audience to make the direct connection.

Alliteration

The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words
The alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’
Alliterations are clustered in the last few lines

Allusion

An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
A classical allusion
An allusion to Shakespeare

Alliteration

The repetition of identical or similar sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables, as in "on scrolls of silver snowy sentences" (Hart Crane). Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary traditions, such as Old English verse, also alliterate using vowel sounds.
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Allusion

The act of alluding; indirect reference
Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by allusion.

Alliteration

The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals.

Allusion

An instance of indirect reference
An allusion to classical mythology in a poem.

Alliteration

The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words, as in Anglo-Saxon alliterative meter.

Allusion

An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned

Alliteration

The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: -
Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheavedHis vastness.
Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields.
In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne,I shope me in shroudes as I a shepe were.

Allusion

A figurative or symbolical reference.

Alliteration

Use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse;
Around the rock the ragged rascal ran

Allusion

A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.

Allusion

Passing reference or indirect mention

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