In the poem "Sea Fever" by John Masefield, where is alliteration especially strong?In the poem "Sea Fever" the author John Masefield uses alliteration throughout the poem to create his sea song....

In the poem "Sea Fever" by John Masefield, where is alliteration especially strong?

In the poem "Sea Fever" the author John Masefield uses alliteration throughout the poem to create his sea song.

"Sea Fever" by John Masefield

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Let us remember that alliteration is defined as the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words that lie next to each other or close together. As your question identifies, alliteration is a key technique used by poets to create word music, as it adds a song-like element to the poetry. Bearing this definition in mind therefore, it is clear that the major alliteration that runs throughout the poem is the repetition of the "w" sound in lines 3, 7 and 10:

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking...

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying...

To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife...

Of course, these aren't the only examples of alliteration, but this is the major instance that stands out as we study the poem. You might like to re-read the poem now and see if you can identify other examples of alliteration. Good luck!

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