Alliteration involves the repetition of initial sounds of words. Examples include the name "Kubla Khan," as well as "sunless sea," and "sunny spots." Later examples include "cedarn cover," "miles meandering," "mingled measure," "damsel with a dulcimer," and "deep delight." Alliteration adds a musical, singsong quality to the poem.
Examples of consonance, which involves the repetition of consonant sounds in places other than the beginning of words (usually the end of words), includes "girdled round" and "sinuous rills."
Assonance involves the repetition of internal vowel sounds. Examples are "twice five," "there were," and "chaffy grain." Consonance and assonance also make the sounds musical and smooth.
An example of onomatopoeia, or a word that sounds like the noise it makes, is "wailing" in line 16 to refer to the sound the woman was making as she mourned her lover. Another example is "fast thick pants" to refer to the sounds of the earth and its fountain.
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