Alliteration requires adjacency

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This is a proposed as an absolute universal in Fabb (“Verse”): When regular alliteration holds between poetic sections, the poetic sections must be adjacent.
Regular alliteration is alliteration which conforms to a particular pattern for a large part of a text or for all of the text. Regular alliteration is quite a rare poetic form. A poetic section is defined as follows (from Fabb, “Verse”): in effect poems are differentiated formally from non-poems (prose) by having some kind of additional sectioning. (Note that if this were not true, then all language would be poetry.)
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog Post
Media of outputText
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationStorrs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2017


  • alliteration
  • poetry
  • poetic form
  • poetic section


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