Explain this alliteration and its effectiveness in the poem "The Slave's Dream"."The Slave's Dream" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Line 3: "His breast was bare" combines alliteration with visual imagery to evoke feelings of sympathy in the reader.

Line 9: "Beneath the palm-trees on the plain" is geographic alliteration to help identify the slave's native land.

Line 16: "They held him by the hand!--" is more alliterative body imagery, used with an exclamation point, to evoke more emotion (pathos) from the reader.

Lines 23-24: "scabbard of steel / Smiting his stallion's flank." combines alliteration with weapon imagery to show the destructive force of the military. (Although one may call repetition of -s sound as sibilance instead of alliteration)

 

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