Alliteration occurs when words beginning with the same consonant are placed in close proximity. It was a chief way Anglo-Saxon poets created a sense of rhythm in their works.
In this poem, there are several instances of alliteration. The first is the "s" sound in "Some say," a phrase that is repeated twice. The "w" sound in "world will" is also alliterative, as is the "f" sound in "favor fire." Although more subtle, the repeated "w" sound in "what," "with," and "who" in lines three and four are alliterative as well.
Assonance is closely related to alliteration. It occurs when words beginning with the same vowel are placed closed together. Assonance also appears in the poem, such as in the repeated "i" sounds in the words "in" and "ice" in line two.
Alliteration and assonance both create a pleasing sense of rhythm and both place emphasis on the words in question. Frost varies his line lengths in this poem, but he uses both alliteration and end rhymes to give his verses a sense of rhythmic...
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