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Alliteration in Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat

Alliteration Examples in Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat:

Text of Churchill's Speech

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"We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering...."   (Text of Churchill's Speech)

If the first four paragraphs of the speech represent a necessary setting of the political and geopolitical scene, the final two represent an urgent call-to-arms. In these concluding passages, Churchill makes a more concerted effort to heighten the power of his language. We see Churchill’s elevated rhetorical pitch in sentences such as this one, in which subtle repetitions and alliterations produce a distinctly musical effect.

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