How would you describe the musical quality of "The Brook" by Alfred Lord Tennyson?
Tennyson's use of onomatopoeia throughout this poem helps to create the effect of a brook bubbling, like the titular brook, down a valley. Tennyson uses alliteration—a "sudden sally" and a "sparkle"—to create images that appeal to the sense of hearing, as well as to create a visual picture. The alliteration on "s," and particularly the word "sparkle," seems to echo the splashing sound a brook would make if it were moving quickly and lightly, indeed in a "hurry" down the valley. Other onomatopoeic words that connote the sounds of a stream include "chatter," "bubble," and "babble."
The poem's rhythm and meter help to contribute to this effect, too. The short stanzas and near-hypnotic rhythm...
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