A Field Guide to Alliterative Verse
Syllable Weight and Resolution
- Open syllables (syllables ending in a simple vowel): pa, huh.
- Open syllables with a diphthong (historically, long vowels and diphthongs): boy, how.
- Closed syllables (syllables ending with a single consonant): hat, bag.
- Heavy syllables: syllables ending with diphthong plus consonant or more than one consonant: house, noise, horse, bold, band, bank