Single Line Challenge: Elements of Eloquence Chapter 1, Alliteration
Although we’ve done an alliteration poetry challenge before, let’s use this re-visitation to dip our toes into the figures of rhetoric. The challenge here is not to write a whole poem using alliteration. Instead, let’s just try a few lines. Let’s compose them right in the comments section. We can make them silly or serious; dramatic or comedic; prosaic or poetic. Let’s just get writing!
If you haven’t read the chapter yet, it’s very short, easy, and entertaining. I promise! The book is Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth, available as an audiobook, ebook, and physical book.
If you want something more challenging to read or listen to, wishing to delve deeper into the traditional uses of alliteration in English poetry, I suggest listening to J. R. R. Tolkien’s poetry translation of the medieval poem “Gawain and the Green Knight.” Make sure to listen to his introduction. I got nothing from the poem in college, but after coming to it through Tolkien, I feel I know Sir Gawain personally. It’s also not very long. I listened to it on two consecutive car-rides (and then listened to it again.) Don’t worry; there’s no pseudo-academic jargon to wade through. Tolkien’s enjoyment of literature is always guileless, thoughtful, and expressible in plain English.
The audiobook is available on Audible for not too high a price. In the case of poetry like this, where the sound effects matter, I really do recommend listening to it rather than reading it; ear-learning is crucial for poets. However, it’s also available in other formats.
In a day or two, I’ll create a post for Chapter Two: Polyptoton.
Just as in the full-size challenges, this challenge remains open forever. Young people are also welcome to participate. Homeschool credit!