Analysis Pages

Alliteration in Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Alliteration Examples in Because I Could Not Stop for Death:

Text of the Poem

🔒 1

"Were toward eternity...."   (Text of the Poem)

In this final line, the three metrical beats fall on syllables beginning with “t.” When read aloud, the line sounds like a clock, with a rhythmic ticking of t sounds. These sounds beautifully evoke the horses’ headlong trot through time. This use of alliteration on metrical beats is a poetic signature of Anglo-Saxon verse.

Subscribe to unlock »

Analysis Pages