BP: Haiku Dialogue–Literary Device (Alliteration)

The Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, which is being edited by Alex Fyffe, is all about using literary devices in the context of haiku. This week the haiku was to use alliteration. Alex added in assonance or consonance. For those unfamiliar with these literary devices, alliteration is using the same letter at the beginning of words; assonance is using the same vowel sounds, and consonance is using the same sound within the words themselves. This writer might be simplifying the concepts, but that’s the gist.

Haiku poets from the global community submitted haiku illustrating these literary devices. There were haiku from poets in Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Sweden, the UK, and the United States.

This pedometer geek writer is thrilled to have had one of my haiku chosen by Alex for inclusion, and it is as follows:



the small stuff

~Nancy Brady, 2022

Thanks, Alex, for choosing this haiku. It is truly appreciated.

To read all of the haiku written with alliteration as the prompt, check out http://www.thehaikufoundation.org

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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14 Responses to BP: Haiku Dialogue–Literary Device (Alliteration)

  1. JC home says:

    Yes, sweating the small stuff reminds me of a very old book, probably from the 60’s or 70’s…Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s ALL small stuff.

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    • Yes, it is all small stuff, JC. Pixel-peeping is actually looking at all the pixels in a digital photograph for clean lines, etc. which means really blowing up a photo into the small stuff. Some photos look good on the surface, but looking closely changes the perspective, but for the most part it is still small stuff. 😉

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  2. Great observation; I hadn’t thought of it that way, JC, but you are right. Getting up close and personal, some people are not all they seem to be.

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  3. I like that haiku and what pixel peeping means. Congratulations.

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  4. Janice says:

    Pixel peeping…a new interesting concept/controversy for me and nicely linked to ‘sweating the small stuff’ a familiar phrase :))

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    • Thanks, Janice. Maybe because it is such a relatively new concept for people, that explains why I have had that haiku rejected many times by various journals. That Alex Fyffe chose it for Haiku Dialogue only proves what a haiku mentor (Julie S.) has said more than once, “Keep submitting those haiku you wrote and like; eventually they will be chosen for publication.” Of course, I have some that never will be because they make sense only to me. ~nan

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      • Janice says:

        I’ve heard that too…if a haiku isn’t accepted in one journal it doesn’t mean that it won’t eventually find a place elsewhere. I like the subtle play with ‘small stuff’ in this one…you are literally delving into small stuff with pixel peeping and some would say as well that the search for pixel perfection is not worth the effort (ie it’s sweating the small stuff). Cheers! Janice

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  5. Jules says:

    Hmm.. we did that just the other week when a virus tried to attack hubby’s PC… but our protection program caught it!!

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  6. Indeed, it does, JP. Or at least it should.


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