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Rhyme in The Darkling Thrush

Rhyme Examples in The Darkling Thrush:

The Darkling Thrush

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"blast-beruffled plume,..."   (The Darkling Thrush)

The consonance in this line is beautiful. The alliterative repetition of b and its consonant pair p (a b is simply a voiced p) is striking, as is the repetition of liquid consonants: l andr. The source of the “blast” is unclear—perhaps wind—but the image is that of a frail, weathered bird who offers hope despite the harsh, wintry conditions.

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