List of 65 Examples of Alliteration in Poems

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Poetry is the best possible words in the best order, and the sound is all-important. As well as rhyme, pairs of words with the same first letter are frequently used - see this list of alliteration in poems for examples.
Poem Lines Title Author
"Torn turned and tattered
Bowed burned and battered"
The Labyrinth Robert P. Baird
“A spot for the splendid birth
Of everlasting lives,
Whereto no night arrives;
And this gaunt gray gallery
A tabernacle of worth”
In a Whispering Gallery Thomas Hardy
"Or deeper a day or dance or doom bestride" The Spider Richard Eberhart
"Between the hands, between the brows,
Between the lips of Love-Lily"
Love-Lily Dante Gabriel Rossetti
"Seals, dozing sleek on sliddery ledges" The Berg (A Dream) Herman Melville
"A lumbering lubbard loitering slow" The Berg (A Dream) Herman Melville
"And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
So that nobody ever could see the face
Of the Quangle Wangle Quee."
The Quangle Wangle's Hat Edward Lear
"And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea" The Destruction of Sennacherib Lord Byron (George Gordon)
"Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft" Sonnet 5 William Shakespeare
"Or frost to flowers that their gay wardrobe wear" Lycidas John Milton
"Better, then, the effort than preterite perfection" Vowel Movements Daryl Hine
"But Delilahs of darkness, darling,
and the muscle of the mind
giving in."
Kind of Blue Lynn Powell
"We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day."
To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell
"Call me Sweet Potato,
Sweet Pea, or Sweety Pie"
Blues for X George Elliott Clarke
"Cared-for till cock-crow" A Grammarian's Funeral Robert Browning
"Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt forth, then chevy on an air" That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection Gerard Manley Hopkins
"Color: blaze of day behind blank eyes." Flores Woman Tracy K. Smith
"Fly o’er waste fens and windy fields" Sir Galahad Alfred Lord Tennyson
"For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky
Lay dead like a load on my weary eye"
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"From a sunlit state of innocence
where white sheets were hung
to dry like clouds over paradise"
Nomadology Alissa Leigh
"From socks to shirts
the selves we shed"
Laundry Ruth Moose
"Gladder to catch thee, than thou him." The Bait John Donne
"High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing" The Windhover Gerard Manley Hopkins
"I am hoping to hang your head" I am Trying to Break Your Heart Kevin Young
"I have no wit, no words, no tears" A Better Resurrection Christina Rossetti
"I heard it hitting the high leaves, and I was happy" The Copper Beech Marie Howe
"I'm the student who still believes
in the bad taste of the beautiful
and the sadness of songs."
Obbligato Bruce Smith
"Had seen the mice by moonlight play" The Prisoner of Chillon Lord Byron (George Gordon)
"Lake water
in smooth still sun moves in
and out of synch
with the violin
playing at the villa"
KM4 Tom Sleigh
"Leveling, shaving on the bevel, the blade
and fanged scraper had summoned sleepers—
limestone loaves and blue slate, skulls of quartz"
Scavenging the Wall R. T. Smith
"they were made to be brushed back by the traffic of boxcars" Tree Ferns Stanley Plumly
"Narrow nightwatch nigh the ship's head" The Seafarer Ezra Pound
"No later light has lightened up my heaven" Remembrance Emily Brontë
"No novacaine? Nah. Then joke's on us, Jack:" Tone Deficit Kevin McFadden
"With darksome devouring eyes my bruisèd bones?" Carrion Comfort Gerard Manley Hopkins
"O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee" To Sleep John Keats
"O wandering water ever whispering?" The Stream's Secret Dante Gabriel Rossetti
O! wonderful for weight and whiteness! Ode to a Blizzard Tom Disch
"On meadow & river & wind-wandering weed-winding bank." Binsey Poplars Gerard Manley Hopkins
"postures of stillness and reserve
practiced cunning of the predator"
A Cartography of Passions Deborah Paredez
"Meteor-moons, balls of blaze: and they did not pale nor pine" Abt Vogler Robert Browning
"sandalled, cedarly, with scent of sandalwood haloing her" Discourse on Pure Virtue George Elliott Clarke
"Sat gray-hair'd Saturn, quiet as a stone" Hyperion John Keats
"So sung a little Clod of Clay" The Clod and the Pebble William Blake
"Something not sayable
spurting from the morning silence,
secret as a thrush."
Winged and Acid Dark Robert Hass
"Still, though scuttling forces flee" Nightwatchman's Song W. D. Snodgrass
"Such heat! It brings the brain back to its basic blank." Pura Vida John Updike
"That I could think there trembled through" The Darkling Thrush Thomas Hardy
"I am blind to other birds" Tamer and Hawk Thom Gunn
"And wait, and wait, a weary while" The Flâneur Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
"The next day, our house—
on its cinderblocks—seemed to float
in the flooded yard: no foundation"
Providence Natasha Trethewey
"The silence waits, wild to be broken by hoofbeat and heavy harness slap" Stable Claudia Emerson
"The Soul selects her own Society" The Soul selects her own Society Emily Dickinson
"Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish" Birches Robert Frost
"they magnetize
my man's hands.
like a Wonder Woman blast"
Love is Like a Faucet Yolanda Wisher
"those no longer here to strike these
strings like secrets of the most
satisfying harmonies, as
voices join in sadness and joy"
Mountain Dulcimer Robert Morgan
"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping" The Raven Edgar Allan Poe
"Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We"
We Real Cool Gwendolyn Brooks
"What strain o' the stuff, what warpings past the aim!" Rabbi Ben Ezra Robert Browning
"Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim"
Pied Beauty Gerard Manley Hopkins
"Whether or not shadows are of the substance
such is the expectation I can
wait to surprise my vision as a wind
enters the valley: sudden and silent"
On Seeing the Wind at Hope Mansell Geoffrey Hill
"Who is more happy, when, with heart's content" To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent John Keats
"Stroke and a stress that stars and storms deliver" The Wreck of the Deutschland Gerard Manley Hopkins
"You thumbed, thrust, patted and polished" Youth and Art Robert Browning
"Blazing, it vomits smudge-smoke. Your mind chars
Black because you yaw—moth-like—too near flames."
Exile George Elliott Clarke