"Alliteration" Essays and Research Papers


office equipment attached to the speaker showing her only purpose in life. Sounds are important in “The Secretary Chant as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and the descriptions that show the speaker little by little becoming more mechanized until filed away for another day. Updike also uses personification to make the “Player Piano” come alive. Through rhyme, alliteration, consonance, cacophony, diction, and meter the poem sounds like music. The images that the speaker brings forth when the poem is read...

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Themes- Wilfred Owen

reader to consider how the soldiers felt and how they will never forget the graphic images they saw .Stanza two identifies what these men went through and why they became so mentally ruined and inhumane. The use of repetition of horrific images and alliterations such as “Batter of guns and shatter of flying muscles,” or “Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter” assist the reader in visualizing the vivid images of war. These quotes assist the reader in visualizing the realistic vivid images of...

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Commentary: The Send Off ( WW1 Poetry)

to war, and the war as a concept. The first short stanza opens with a hard “d” sound of “down” almost immediately setting a dark atmosphere, and sets the scene for going off to war. With the description of “darkening lanes” not only is there alliteration with the first word “down”, but it also creates a gloomy effect from the very start of the poem. This is juxtaposed with the description “sang their way to the siding-shed.” Usually, when someone or something is described as singing, it has a positive...

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Judith Wright

poems, to create effects to receive the desired response(s) from the readers. The alliteration of “he” in “heart halts” from “Bora ring” gives an effect of fear felt by the rider, as he is aware of the presence of the gone aboriginals, the assonance acquired by the repetition of “ee” in “Dream the world breathed sleeping” gives a lulling effect to the sound, creating a relaxing and resting environment. The alliteration of “mortal/masterful” and “frail/gulls” gives an effect that adds a lightness of...

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Traditional and Intellectual Methods of Digging

Kappeler October 7th, 2013 Traditional and Intellectual Methods of Digging To break away from a tradition is often a means of upholding it. This is the case in “Digging,” a poem written by Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney. Through alliteration that subtly alters tone, changes in tense that gently signify a change from real time to memory, imagery that appeals to all the senses, a free form that allows for the manipulation of stanzas, and the tying together of ideas through repetition...

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World's Best Poem Essay

devices bring this poem together well, by having the rhythmic movement throughout the poem as well as having the symbolisms giving it a more creative and unique style. The sound devices that are found and used throughout the poem range from rhyming, alliteration, and repetition. As well as sound devices, Shakespeare used many symbolisms throughout the poem; Shakespeare used different examples of similes and metaphors, alternating between using the two throughout the stanzas. Not many poems contain both...

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Annabel Lee

two examples of ‘s’ sounds in the middle of words. c. Write out two examples with ‘s’ sounds at the end. 4. Poetic Terms: a. Write out one example of a rhyming couplet. b. Write out two examples of assonance. c. Write out two examples of alliteration. d. Write out two examples of internal rhyme. 5. On the creative level (not literal), what did Annabel Lee die of? According to the author, what is the reason for Annabel Lee’s death (NOT the cause)? 6. In the poem, what is the literal cause...

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analysis of poem

to be deducted via reading the text out loud. Sound and rhythm techniques are always used in poem to create musical effect. Alliteration, assonance, parallelism, rhythm, repetition etc. are examples of these techniques. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of a phrase. (Alliteration - Wikipedia) For example, ‘Sarah spoke softly to her dog.’, ‘Sarah’, ‘spoke’, and ‘softly’ start with the same sound /s/. Assonance...

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Comparison of Heaney's 'at a Potato Digging' and Hardy's 'Autumn Midnight.

also captures snapshot moments of the fair from the poet’s memory: ‘Their horns are soft as finger- nails,/ Their shepards reek against the rails,/ The tied dogs soak with tucked- in tails,/ The buyers’ hats fill like pails…’ These lines also use alliteration to emphasise the methodical motions of the events of the fair; they create a pace and rhythm in the poem. ‘A Sheep Fair’ also uses a POSTSCRIPT as part of its structure. This is to show the passage of time- time has moved on and the sheep fair...

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Definition of Alliterative Verse

Germanic tradition that was mainly in the form of alliterative verse (Greenblatt). When comparing to other forms of poetry, there are 6 key characteristics that define alliterative verse: four-beat lines, medial caesuras, enjambments, half-line alliteration, kennings and litotes. In addition to Beowulf and “Caedmon’s Hymn”, examples will also be taken from my alliterative verse translation of the nursery rhyme “Little Jack Horner”. Jack the Horner By Student Jack the Horner, not gigantic was...

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The Sound Devices Used Within the Tyger by William Blake

great flow and force the reader to focus a little more clearly on the defining rhymes as though they themselves were the subjects to be studied. Alliteration is used quite frequently in Blake’s work, and is apparent in nearly all of the stanzas. Some clear examples of this sound device are "burning bright" (1) or "distant deeps" (5). These alliterations only further add to the hint at a prayer–like state of the poem, but also go on to help the poem have a smoother rhythm and flow. They are evident...

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Road Not Taken

A. Theme of decision making B. Setting (1) Why is this symbolic? C. Title (1) What is the significance? D. Metrical devices used (1) Onomatopoeia (2) Imagery (3) Symbolism (4) Personification (5) Rhyming (6) Alliteration (7) Allegory III. Conclusion A. How do all of the elements support the poets overall theme ENGL 102 “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost Every adult faces challenges and life-altering decisions. In “The Road Not Taken” by Robert...

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The Tide Rises, The tide Falls

Henry Wadsworth C. There was a tide that time when a traveller chose to go along the shore and suddenly died. That just explained that life continues after death. D. In the poem “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”, Henry Wadsworth, the author uses alliteration in almost every verse of the poem. He also uses imagery as he described the footprints that remained in the shore. He also uses personification to have deeper explanation for the specific cited example. II. Theme & Mood A. The theme of the...

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Stylistic Analysis: "To---" by Peter Shelley

their order should evoke images, and the words themselves have sounds, which can reinforce or otherwise clarify those images. Sound patterns have different elements that show the nature of poetry, and these are the following: 1. Alliteration C-V-C Alliteration is the repetition of the same letter or sounds at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals. e.g Dewdrops dancing on the drifting dust made for a dreary day. 2. Assonance...

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is given below: “The buoy of the Inchcape Bell was seen A darker speck on the ocean green; Sir Ralph the Rover, walk’d his deck And he fix’d his eye on the darker speck.” ALLITERATION: Alliteration is the close repetition of the consonant sounds at the beginning of words to facilitate narration. Examples of alliteration in the poem are,- a. The ship was as still as she could be b. Without either sign or sound of their shock PERSONIFICATION: Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate...

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Ian Crichton Smith

dominant than the present. Crichton Smith initially uses the first stanza to convey then threatening nature of his mothers tenement home, referring to: 'the second turning of the stony stair.' At this point, Crichton Smith effectively employs alliteration on the words 'stony' and 'stair.' Using harsh sounds to emphasise the harsh nature of the place. In addition to this the poet also uses the phrase 'stony stair.' Which also has double meaning - referring both to the cold hard stone and also to...

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In the Snack Bar

hanging over him no self-esteem, no status. That he is unseen in today’s society. “He stands in his stained beltless gabardine like a monstrous animal caught in a tent.” This sentence gives the allusion of a creature like King Kong it also has alliteration running through the theme that he slitters along unnoticed. The first turning point with in the poem that makes the character real instead of a creature when he states that the character is actually blind and although his appearance isn’t...

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Australian Poets: Oodgeroo Noonuccal

of the world that her ancestors lived in. Oodgeroo uses a metaphor of bees. She compares the swarms of cars in the city to bees to give the image of fast, paced, hustle and bustle of the city. She also uses alliteration to help emphasise the imagery used. She uses the alliteration of ‘p' sounds in the first half of the poem to help bring across the image of serenity and peacefulness. She then uses the repetition of ‘s' sounds (sky, swarm) to give an almost buzzing sound to help with imagery...

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Analysis of 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen

respect- this is suggested when the poet mentions “he thought of jeweled hilts for daggers in plaid socks; of smart salutes; and care of arms…” The frequent use of semicolons shows the soldier’s endless exhilaration towards joining the war. The use of alliteration in “smart salutes” gives a melodic effect, and the imagery used in “jeweled hilts” creates a mesmerizing picture. This suggests the soldier had only considered the superficial aspect of the war. This once again shows how innocent he had been, as...

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"I know what the caged bird feels, alas", the word alas is an expression of the grief and sadness the poet is going through. "When the sun is bright on the upland slopes, when the wind stirs soft through the springing grass" here the poet uses alliteration twice using the letters w and s. "And the river flows like a stream of glass" the poet uses a figure of speech which is a simile to compare the river with glass, the purpose of this simile is to enhance the beauty of river stream by comparing...

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At Grass By Philip Larkin

now anonymous horses are situated in at their age of retirement. Enjambment & alliteration: In stanzas 2 and 3, most of the lines end with no punctuation but run onto the subsequent line. This creates a faster pace and rhythm to suggest the passing of time in stanzas 2 and 3, which recollect the now retired horses once competed for glory under the human gaze on the race track in the past. The use of alliteration in stanzas 2 and 3, as seen in the use of fricative (fifteen, fable, faint, faded)...

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poetry reflection

University of Chicago, and lives in Seattle. His poem, “The Labyrinth”, has three poetic devices; alliteration, consonance, and personification. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables. There are many examples of alliteration in “The Labyrinth”. In the first stanza, “Torn turned and tattered” and “Bowed burned and battered” are examples of alliteration. The uses of the t and b sounds are repeated through the phrases. In the last stanza, “bore...

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Poetry and Catalog Poem A.i

Vocabulary Terms a. Catalog Poem a.i. The repetition of items in the list creates a rolling rhythm when the poem is read aloud b. Repetition b.i. Refers to sounds, words, phrases, or lines that are states or used more than once in a poem c. Alliteration c.i. Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words d. Assonance d.i. Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds e. Personification e.i. An animal given human-like qualities or an object given...

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Lesson Plan Reflection 433

Supreme Green ESL 433 N October 16,2014 Janice Norris Lesson Plan Reflection In this reflection essay, it will justify the content reasoning for implementing alliteration in a SIOP lesson plan for English Language Learners. For the most part, English Language Learners experience difficulties in their quest to obtain language proficiency because of their under develop cognitive skills, intellectual skills,efficient and effective exposure...

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Romeo and Juliet

to the grave” to show the power of fate and juliet can not escape her fate of dying.Thu we are reminded of the doomed “star crossed lovers” mentioned in the prologue again. Power of pride is also displayed with rhyming words “slave “face “an alliteration, ” fetch me my rapier” an assonnance,”flesh tremble” and sibilance ”scorn at our soleminity” highlighting the power implied in Tybalt. The power is reflected by his frustration and anger due to Romeo’s presence in the party as he is part of the...

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Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin: Construction of Young America

more is accentuated. 6. Stanza (lines 1-20) A stanza is a group of lines that form a unit of poetry. The poem is separated into four stanzas; stanza contains five lines. 7. Alliteration (line 6) Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds. In the sixth line, alliteration is utilized in the words “defenseless, desperate, and delicate” because they all begin with the initial consonant sound of “d.” 8. Assonance (line 7) Assonance is the repetition of...

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How Does Hughes Present Nature in ‘Hawk Roosting’?

connotations of the word hawk are opposite to all the connotations of the word roosting, which shows the contrast of the title. Ted Hughes uses lots of poetic techniques to create images in the readers mind, for example: Metaphors and smiles, Imagery, Alliteration, Repetition, Personification and Half rhyming. In the first stanza line 1, Ted Hughes uses imagery for example: ‘I sit at the top of the wood, my eyes closed. Inaction’. ‘I sit at the top of the wood’ gives a real image of height and how high...

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'Toads' and 'Toads Revisited' Comparison (Philip Larkin)

the descriptions back to reality. The exclamation mark illustrates Larkin’s exasperation over how working unbelievably hard six days a week is not worth ‘paying a few bills’. Larkin describes this as ‘out of proportion’. Larkin’s play on the alliteration of ‘L’ in the third stanza somehow makes the stanza sound ludicrous. The use of lists that Larkin uses suggests how there’s a lot of people in the world who rely on their common sense to earn a living. He himself writes poetry which is a contrast...

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R.S. Thomas Writes About the People and Landscape of the Welsh ‘Hill Country’. by Referring Closely to at Least Two of His Poems, Show How He Makes the Welsh Countryside and Its Inhabitants Vivid to the Reader.

emphasise his desire for the reader to highlight the boy in his natural Welsh environment. Thomas employs sibilance to bring a musical feel to the poem and a lovely image of the boy collecting ‘snail shells and bits of glass’. Thomas also employs alliteration to emphasise the unity between the boy and his surroundings: ‘thorn and thistle tuft’. Thomas presents how the boy’s physical features seem to blend with the landscape, ‘harebell hiding in his eyes’. Thomas suggests in this poem that childhood...

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Cousin Kate Rossetti

because he is a visual reminder of her relationship with the Lord. By the end of the poem the reader can suggest that the speaker has a fear of her son being taken away as that is all she has left to herself, evident in “cling closer, closer yet” the alliteration emphasises the love she has for her son and the fear that he could be taken away. Lastly, the poem ends with “To wear his coronet”. This metaphor implies that if the Lord were to die, his son would inherit everything of his father therefore the...

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we knew we were Beautiful & dangerous... 40 1. Find two similes in the first stanza. What things are being compared and why? 2. Find two metaphors and explain their meanings 3. How is alliteration used in lines 5, 10, and 32? Write down the phrases where the alliteration is used. What purpose does it serve? 4. Which two literary devices are used in the lines, “Trouble/ Was there slapping a blackjack/ Against an open palm.”? 5. Find two examples of onomatopoeia. ...

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ENG 1501

but the sculptor remains of the great Ozymandias a man filled with great pride. 5. The poet makes use of the poetic device of alliteration in the last two lines. Identify the words that make up this figure of speech and comment on the effect this device creates here. The words, “boundless and bare”, “lone and level”, sands stretch” are an effect of alliteration which the writer has used to create irony.The King ruled with oppression 6 and terror and his actions brought not only glory...

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Poem Nettles

has an extra beat which shows the poets anger at these nettles and really makes it stand out. The use of enjambment in the fourth, fifth and sixth line shows a narrative style and brings out an overall theme of emotion with the use of alliteration. This alliteration can be seen on the 6th line. The bold sound shows the pain that the child is suffering with the term “tender skin” used as a contrast to the child's vulnerability. The word “bed” in the first line makes you think about what the nettles...

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study guide

become potted plants allowing someone else to be in control of our lives. c) versification (meter, line-length, rhyme scheme, free verse?) and structure (first line longer to give emphasis to what a woman is “not”, this word is used several times, alliteration. Repetition of vowels, assonance. The use of “a women” has rhythm the makes the speaker emphasis, rapid jerky. Poet’s could be using “plant” of in a negative way by giving the impression that woman objects to being compared to potted plant, giving...

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The Sacred Words: Elements of Poetry

pattern in English poetry. b. Foot = the basic unit of measurement in a line of poetry.  3. Define and identify assonance and alliteration. a. Assonance = the repetition, in words of proximity, of identical vowel sounds preceded and followed by differing consonant sounds. (Whereas tide and hide are rhymes, tide and mine are assonantal.) b. Alliteration = sometimes defined as the repetition of initial sounds ("All the awful auguries," or "Bring me my bow of burning gold"), and sometimes...

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The Road Not Taken

A And looked down one as far as I could A To where it bent in the undergrowth; B The poem has many alliteration. Alliteration refers to the repetition of consonant in the first syllables of a series of words or phrases. There are some alliteration in the poem such as then took the (6), wanted wear (8), that the (9), first for (13), telling this (16), and took the (19). The alliteration produces an echo effect by linking words through their sounds. Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds...

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stylistics analysis of a sindhi woman

word in the sentence Phonological features: Phonological devices are rhyme scheme, alliteration and repetition. The stanzas of this poem are “sestet” Rhyme scheme in the poem: End rhyme of first stanza is “abbacc” End rhyme of second stanza is “deedff” Rhyme scheme in the poem is as follows: 1. Bazaar, jar 2. Grace, face 3. Head, tread 4. Erect, reflect 5. Crumbs, slums 6. Straight, weight Alliteration: Bare, Bazar in line “1” Bloom, back in line “3” High, head in line “5” Stand...

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Figure of Speech

FIGURE OF SOUND : Sometimes called sound devices, these include onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, consonance, euphony, resonance, and others. Not all of these are considered figures of speech, exactly, but they're included here because they're part of what you'll find it you look closely at the language and word choice of may poem. They work hand-in-hand with rhythm and all types of rhyme. ALLITERATION: Also called head rhyme or initial rhyme, the repetition of the initial sounds (usually...

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Structural Critique

work, Samuel Taylor Coleridge uses an abundance of literary devices to contribute to the effect of the poem. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” contains many elements, each of which enhances the way the poem conveys meaning. The extensive use of alliteration, varying metrical patterns, internal and external rhyme, anaphora, caesura, enjambment, and inversion add to the complexity of the structure and the overall meaning of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which could be interpreted as love for all...

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Stories of Ourselves

ghost and as if life was taken away from him. At the beginning, he mentions, ‘I ne’er was struck before that hour’, telling us that he was hit by cupid’s arrow or suddenly struck in the face when he saw her. The poet is very descriptive, and uses alliteration to give the sentence a soft sound of love, for example: ‘With love so sudden and so sweet’. In the first stanza, he’s describing his lonely existence before he got struck by the love of his life and also in the first stanza he shows an internal...

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Poetry Analysis of "Anthem for Doomed Youth"

picture of a family at home sharing in the mourning for their lost sibling, the reader feels the grief of this poem. Through the portrait of vanishing soldiers one sees loneliness, as they die alone on the battleground. Effective use of imagery, alliteration, and end rhyme as well as great writing gives the reader a lasting impression. The title, "Anthem for Doomed Youth", fits well for this poem. For the duration of the poem a feeling of death and despair run through the reader's mind. Though one...

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How Does Wilfred Owen Explore the Horror of War Through the Power of Poetry?

emphasise an emotion. Wilfred however, uses these to also enhance the sense of horror created throughout these poems and also convey the emotions and themes associated with it to the reader. One of these poetic devices Owen uses the most is that of alliteration, often using it to emphasise a point and help to fully convey the point he is trying to express to the reader. This can be seen multiple times in both Mental Cases and Dulce Et Decorum Est and some examples include “Knock – kneed, ...”, “Men marched...

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Critical Analysis of Kindness -Naomi Shihab Nye

everywhere Like a shadow or a friend. Colombia.             Do you know what kindness really is? The poem “Kindness”, by Naomi Shihab Nye, is a deep and meaningful poem that uses personification, free verse rhythm, simile, and alliteration to bring out the message that society does not fully understand kindness until one looses something, and this can be seen throughout American history as well. Critics Pamela Steed Hill and Anna Maria Hong give their opinions on Nye’s work. Each...

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Types of Powers of the President

1) Alliteration Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street 2) Assonance “Early Moon” by Carl Sandburg THE BABY moon, a canoe, a silver papoose canoe, sails and sails in the Indian west. A ring of silver foxes, a mist of silver foxes, sit and sit around the Indian moon. 3) Blank Verse “Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit” by John Milton Of man's first disobedience...

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From the Immigrants

that has been brought upon the island. Throughout the poem the poet uses many figurative. Such devices are onomatopoeia, alliteration, repetition, oxymoron and irony. An example of repetition can be seen in lines ten and twenty five “Columbus from his after-”, it is repetition because both lines are exactly the same. In addition, some examples of onomatopoeia and alliteration can be seen in lines seven “flapping flag”, eight “harshly hawking” and thirty eight “splashing silence.” These are examples...

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Man from Snowy River

create a more vivid picture of the scenery and personalities in the story. Banjo Paterson used these devices to create a powerful and descriptive visual of the rugged Australian countryside which help to construct a representation of Australia. Alliteration is also used in ‘Stocks whip with a sharp a sudden’ and ‘thunder of thread’ to make the words flow off the reader’s tongue and make the poem more interesting. Many metaphors such as ‘mountain scrub they flew’ and ‘he bore the badge of gameness’...

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Figure of Speech

1. Alliteration The repetition of an initial consonant sound. is a term that describes a literary stylistic device. Alliteration occurs when a series of words in a row (or close to a row) have the same first consonant sound. For example, “She sells sea-shells down by the sea-short” or “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers” are both alliterative phrases. In the former, all the words start with the “s” sound, while in the later, the “p’s” take precedence. Aside from tongue twisters, alliteration...

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Compare and Contrast the Attitudes and Values of the Two Speakers of the Poems and How the Poets Have Used Language to Convey These Between "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell and "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning

pleasure, whilst the latter narrator doesn’t show this quality. In the first poem the speaker uses imagery, alliteration and different statements to try to impress and flatter his lover. It starts off with a hyperbolic statement to make an impact, “Had we but world enough, and time”, imagery constantly throughout, “Deserts of vast eternity” and alliteration “long love”. This shows a sensitive side of the speaker, he uses these poetic devices to make a greater...

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Sounds for Description (an essay about Prosody)

use prosody to bring their writing to life. Prosody is the pronunciation of a poem, and it usually includes elements such as sound, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhythm, stress, and meter. These effects can take poetry to a completely different level, beyond only imagery. In the poem, ?The Word Plum,? by Helen Chasin, examples of alliteration and onomatopoeia are used to bring her subject, a plum, to life. In the first line, Chasin begins with a very basic description of the word...

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Analysis of a Poem “We wear the mask”

written in 1895, which is around the era when slavery was abolished. Dunbar, living in this time period, was able to experience the gruesome effects of racism, hatred and prejudice against blacks at its worst. Using literary techniques such as: alliteration, metaphor, persona, cacophony, apostrophe and paradox, Paul Dunbar’s poem suggests blacks of his time wore masks of smiling faces to hide their true feelings. In...

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Isolation - Edward Thomas and Robert Frost

seamlessly. AOMWN is a narrative poem with an irregular rhyme scheme, Frost here reflects the conflict between man and nature as death approaches. Even though the poem is irregular in rhyme, frost makes use of internal rhyme such as assonance and alliteration which may illustrate how the character feels comfortable inside but has a fear of the natural environment, feeling almost as if it is against him. Secondly, both poets explicitly use the idea of isolation in their poems. In Man and Dog the sensory...

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"Seascape In Memoriam" by M.A.S Stephen Spender.

water, walking above ribbed sand', the use of alliteration in the repetition of a soft consonant 'w' is representative of the slow movement of the sea, the sentences are soft-flowing containing almost no punctuation. By the middle of the poem the tone then switches to one full of aggression and brutality, with the sentences becoming packed with different ideas being followed one directly by the other, 'such wings sunk in ritual sacrifice' the alliteration of a harsh and unpleasant sounding letter 's'...

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Go and Catch a Falling Star

false”. Donne used these lines to overstate that every woman, although innocent at one time, will become corrupted. The sound effects used in the poem include assonance, alliteration, and rhyming scheme. In the phrase “Go and catch a falling star”, there is a repeated ‘a’ sound that is an example of assonance. The alliteration is heard in the line “If thou be’st born to strange sights” with ‘b’ and ‘s’. There is also a rhyming pattern throughout the entire poem, where the first and third lines...

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terms of poetry

Rhyme: a word agreeing with another in terminal sound. Rhyme scheme: the pattern of rhymes used in a poem. Sound devices: elements of literature and poetry that emphasize sound. End rhyme: rhyme of the terminal syllables of lines of poetry. Alliteration: stylistic device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series. Assonance: resemblance of sounds. Onomatopoeia: the formation of a word by imitation of a sound. Couplet: a pair of successive...

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Sonnet 130 and Sonnet 18

octet with eight lines, and the other one is a closing sestet with six lines. Shakespeare uses many poetic devices in both poems, which include end and internal rhyme, consonance, assonance, metaphors, repetition, symbolism, personification and alliteration. Both poems talk about love/relationships with a delight tone. Sonnet 18 is plainly about the relationship between man and nature/season. He started the poem with an imagery question, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (line 1). Then Shakespeare...

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Mametz Wood

singing. There is no rhyme scheme, but assonance and alliteration mean the stanzas are linked by sounds. The first stanza, for example, starts with the soft sound of "farmers found". We then hear the harder 'b' of "blades" and "back" which is picked up in the second stanza with "blade", "blown" and "broken bird's egg". The next stanza also has "breaking blue". Along with the chipped sound of bone in "chit" and "china" this form of alliteration perhaps echoes of the sound of gunfire and battlefield...

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Definitions of Poetic Devices simile a comparison using "as" or "like" alliteration the deliberate repetition of consonant sounds assonance deliberate repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds hyperbole exaggeration for dramatic effect metaphor a comparison not using as or like when one thing is said to be another onomatopoeia "sound echoing sense"; use of words resembling the sounds they mean oxymoron a seeming contradiction in two words put together personification attribution...

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A Finale

to one another. As Pinsky points out, most dental sounds “illustrate how close to the audible effect of an end-rhyme a supposedly unrhymed poem can come.”# Such rhymes are apparent in the words “gliding” and “study”, for example. The lack of alliteration in my poem is intentional. Rather than punctuate each suffix of a word with a strong consonant sound, I chose to favor the instruments of assonance and consonance. My poem is intended to transition smoothly, rather than create a censura that comes...

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The Storm, Theodore Roethke

starts with a detailed description of six lines that talk purely about nature. The poet emphasizes this pure nature with ‘the stone breakwater', a combination of two elements of nature and ‘the wind whines' that underlines the sound by the use of alliteration. Other sound effects are created by more alliterative repetition, ‘whine of wires', also further in the poem, ‘a steady sloshing of the swell', ‘a fine fume of rain' and also by internal rhyme: ‘a rattling and flapping of leaves'. Nature is always...

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Elizabeth Bishop

She sees nothing but large, yellowish eyes which are clouded and don't reflect her own stare. At this point the fish's eyes move but still he doesn't look at Bishop; instead it is as if he is looking towards the light. Bishop uses assonance and alliteration to add to the musical quality of the poem here: 'backed and packed with tarnished tinfoil'. The fish's expression, Bishop believes, is sullen or cross, his jaw strong. Then she notices some- thing else. There are five old fish hooks, some with...

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