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In "Mr. Flood's Party," in which line is alliteration most found--line 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7?

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mwanafunzi | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Honors

Posted March 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM via web

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In "Mr. Flood's Party," in which line is alliteration most found--line 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Here are the lines in question from the poem, beginning with the third line:

And the forsaken upland hermitage  (3)

That held as much as he should ever know

On earth again of home, paused warily.

The road was his with not a native near;

And Eben, having leisure, said aloud,

Since alliteration is the repetition of the beginning consonant sounds of words, line 6 features the most alliteration, with three words alliterating the sound of the consonant "n": "not," "native," and "near." (The runner-up is line 4 with two words, "held" and "he," alliterating the consonant sound of the letter "h".

 

 

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