Alliteration in Porphyria's Lover
Alliteration Examples in Porphyria's Lover:
Porphyria's Lover 1
"Blushed bright beneath my burning kiss:..." See in text (Porphyria's Lover)
Browning makes heavy use of alliteration in this line. Four of the six words here begin with b. This use of abundant alliteration within such a rhythmic line was a central feature in Anglo-Saxon verse and served as the equivalent of rhyme. Here the use of rich alliteration—along with the repetition of the liquid consonants r and l—conveys the rush of blood to Porphyria’s face as well as the violence of the moment.