NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 4

By on Apr 3, 2020 in Poetry

Milton Glee Club by Alyce Wilson

April is National Poetry Writing Month, and many poets like to challenge themselves to write a poem a day. With that in mind, Wild Violet will be sharing poetry prompts each day: one geared towards adults and one for kids. 

If you write a poem based on this prompt, feel free to share a link to your poem, or the poem itself, in the comments. Poems appearing in the comments are not considered published in Wild Violet, and you retain all rights to your work.



For Adults:

Using alliteration can add extra punch to a poem. Try working alliteration into your poem today. You may decide to use the same initial sound throughout, or you can vary it by line for a more subtle effect. For an example a poem using alliteration, read “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins.


For Children:

Poems often use words in a way that we don’t use them in everyday speech. An example is alliteration, which means repeating the first consonant sound in a word. Try it in a short poem, using as many of the same initial sound as you can.

The Sound of “S”

Some say I sound silly when I sing,
because I slur my solos
and shout until someone sighs.
Maybe I should simply be silent.



Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.