“Upon Julia’s Voice,” by the English poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674), is a work that imitates the very sorts of beautiful sounds it praises. Alliteration, for instance, is strongly emphasized in the poem’s opening line (“So smooth, so sweet, so silv'ry is thy voice”) in ways that make the line itself obviously musical. Yet the alliteration is also combined with anaphora (repetition of the same word or words at the beginnings of phrases or...
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