Alliteration, Onomatopoeia and Assonance – Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies – Heritage of Words – Grade 12

Alliteration, Onomatopoeia and Assonance (Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies) – Heritage of Words – Grade 12


Repetition of initial sound of word many times in a sentence is called alliteration.

Example: Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies

Here, the ‘F’ sound is repeated 4 times in a sentence.


Way of expressing an object by omitting its sound instead of naming the object is known as onomatopoeia.


ding-dong = bell,

mew = cat


The process of making a vowel sound long and nasal to create special effect and maintain the poetic matter is referred as assonance.


d – i – ng,

d – o – ng




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