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In "Death, be not proud," by John Donne, identify the sound devices and comment on their contribution towards the subject matter of the poem. Also comment on the stanza formation

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The poem is clearly a Petrarchan sonnet since it follows its structure. The poem consists of fourteen lines made up of an octave (verse of eight lines) and a sestet (six lines).

As far as sound devices are concerned, these are used by the poet to emphasize or enhance the impact of what he says. These include rhyme, meter, alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia.

In this poem, Donne breaks away from the common ABBAABBA and CDECDE pattern normally found in Pertrarchan sonnets. He retains the normal rhyme scheme in the octave but deviates in the sestet, where the rhyme scheme is, in this instance, CDDCAE. It is clear that he has done this deliberately for emphasis. Normally, the octave presents a problem and the sestet presents a resolution. By using a regular rhyme scheme, the poet binds sections and creates unity. This much is evident in the octave. The sestet, however, seems to break up.

'Eternally' in line 13 rhymes with thee, me, be and delivery  in the octave. By doing this, Donne connects the...

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