is alliteration for sounds or letters?

is "what one wants" alliteration?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    1. It's either-or. As a rhetorical scheme, it is the repetition of a sound. As a literary device, it also includes the repetition of the same written letter as reading has a visual aspect. There are many literary devices that are strictly visual, like an antanaclasis is a literary device that requires a word be repeated using the exact same spelling but different definitions and like an acrostic is purely visual because the horizontal writing also spells out something related vertically. Alliteration, however, can be either-or, meaning it can either refer to repeating the same sound over and over again in speech or repeating the same written letter over and over again in writing, or it can do both, like your example is both as it alliteratively repeats the W sound three times and alliteratively repeats the written letter W twice.

    2. Yes, that's an example of alliteration.

    By the way, some alliterations have their own special name, like "sibilance," which is an alliteration of any written letter or oral sound that produces hissing, most commonly S, and like "assonance," which is an alliteration of a vowel.

  • 1 month ago

    Alliteration is usually used where the initial sound is repeated so often that it sticks out. Technically "big boy" may be alliterative but no one really thinks of it as such. If someone's named Mary Margaret Mulligan then the alliteration would strike most people. If the letter doesn't match the sound people tend not to notice. Few people would think alliteration seeing "what one wants."

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    it's about sounds

    "a half-hour" is not alliteration

    "what one"  is

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Letters represent SOUNDS.

    And there's no alliteration in "what one wants."

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It is the repetition of sound, but often it will be the same consonant (rarely a vowel). As you have a sequence of -w- sounds, you have alliteration.

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