How does Dickinson use sound devices such as alliteration to underscore the images and themes of the poem "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass"?

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There are some excellent examples of alliteration being used to give emphasis to the poem's themes in the second stanza. Writing about snakes very frequently uses alliteration on the "s" sound to excellent effect: there is something inherently sneaky and sibilant about this consonant which is associated with snakes—naturally, because they emit this sound when hissing. As such, we are better able to imagine the "narrow fellow" parting the grass, as if with a comb, because of Dickinson's frequent use of the "s" sound here. It isn't simply at the beginnings of words—"spotted shaft" certainly creates a sound picture which underscores the idea of snakelike movement, but we can also hear the sound repeated at the end of such words as "divides," and within the word...

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