A figure of speech in which the same sound appears at the beginning of two or more words. Alliterative words are consecutive or close to each other in the text.

Example From Text

… far above our poor power to add or detract.


Lincoln repeats the "po" sound in the phrase "poor power." Try reading the phrase out loud to hear the sounds of the language. Is the effect the same if you say "meager" instead of "poor," or "ability" instead of "power"?