AP English Key Terms of Language of Composition

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Alliteration

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The sequential repetition of a similar initial sound, usually applied to consonants, usually in closely proximate stressed syllables. For instance, "She sells sea shells by the sea shore."

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AP English Key Terms of Language of Composition
AP English Key Terms of Language of Composition
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