Writing Tip 3 – Weighing the Pros and Cons of Accidental Alliteration, Puns & Rhyming

Alliteration, puns and rhyming are three of the best techniques to draw a reader into your work, and you can use them to your advantage.  However, when used ineffectively, your work can turn into a disaster. Here’s the pros and cons of these three literary techniques.

Alliteration

Pros: 

– Alliteration can entertain as well as inform the reader at the same time when used in moderation.

– It’s fun to write. Notice the title of this post – “accidental alliteration.” That was an accident, I can assure you. Let’s not pretend here, you find this hilarious.

Cons: 

Alliteration can backfire if it’s overused, since readers will focus on the alliteration itself and not the message you’re trying to convey.

Puns

Pros: 

– Puns can be used to fool a reader, and they are smart literary devices to use when trying to convey meaning.

– You feel on top of the world when you find a pun.

Cons:

– Unintended punning. It may come out wrong because it was unintended.

Rhyming

Pros:

– It’s melodic.

– Especially in poems, rhyming usually works in favor of a literary work.

Cons: 

– Too much rhyming is a pain, unless having a perfect rhyme scheme helps develop the theme of your poem.

– Rhyming prose. Just don’t do it.

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