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This months feature has been written by Rebecca Neal our Conservation Youth Worker on the Peterborough Green Pathways project.
For this month’s Inspired by Nature, I have written a poem using alliteration, inspired by a frosty cycle ride into Peterborough. I am of course always looking out for nature even when wobbily-cycling for the first time in years, on a new bike, on a path very close to a river which is down a steep bank.
Alliteration is a stylistic way of writing that uses the same sound at the beginning of words; for example: she sells sea shells on the sea shore. Sometimes, the repeated sound is not at the beginning but wherever the word or sentence is stressed; for example: Lucy left her lion all alone in the lounge. It is not about the letter, but the sound; so in this sentence “I do not know why people don’t care about climate change” “not know” is alliterative but “climate change” is not.
Poets use alliteration to emphasise words and usually it’s only a few words that they chose as in this extract from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe “And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain”. I have used it more for a bit of fun and to stretch my literary wings so have chosen to use the same letter for every word.
Fieldfare flock, fan from frozen fruit;
Falcon feet, flash-follow flapping finch, for fast, fatal, feast.
From future foggy frosty fork, fuzzy fanged fox fades;
Frightened flushed formless furs, flee fearfully.
Forest fern-frame, flaunts fictive, flitting, frolicking, faerie fey-folk.
Feathered, forage food from Flora’s foliage fingers, fallen frigid.
Firm fluid foils flying fisherkings.
Flurried flakes flutter free, from faraway formation.