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Alliteration in Pied Beauty

Alliteration Examples in Pied Beauty:

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"swíft, slów; sweet, sóur; adázzle, dím..."   (Pied Beauty)

Hopkins uses alliteration to express an all-encompassing embrace of the things in the world. Things both “swift” and “slow” are beautiful, as are things both “adazzle” and “dim.” The alliterative tie in each opposing pair conveys their equal beauty.

"plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough..."   (Pied Beauty)

Hopkins's use of alliteration and internal rhyme is abundant. Notice how in this line the alliteration of “plotted and pieced” is picked up again in the final word, “plough.” In the middle lies a second alliterative phrase, “fold, fallow.” Yet Hopkins weaves together these words with the dense repetition of l sounds throughout the line.

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