An alliteration from "The Raven"
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There are many examples of alliteration thoughout "The Raven." Below are a few selections.
weak and weary
nodded, nearly napping
surcease of sorror
rare and radiant
silken sad uncertain
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
The most brilliant use of alliterations occurs in Stanza 14, where the "s" sound is repeated in "denser," "unseen," "censer," "Swung," and "Seraphim," and then the "f" sound is repeated in "foot-falls" and the "t" sound in "tinkled" and "tufted"--all in just two lines.
Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
The whole poem depends on alliterations as well as rhyme to move it along and to make it seem like a lyrical dirge. There is hardly a stanza that does not contain some use of alliteration as well as internal rhymes such as in:
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
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