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Alliteration in The Lucy Poems

Alliteration Examples in The Lucy Poems:

Strange fits of passion have I known

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"The sinking moon to Lucy's cot..."   (Strange fits of passion have I known)

Wordsworth uses sound to bolster the moon’s role as a guide leading the speaker to Lucy. The line is rich with assonance and consonance. Notice the repetition of s, n, t, and hard c sounds. The long u at the heart of “moon” and “Lucy” creates a sonic tie between the two.

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