Alliteration occurs when words beginning with the same consonant are placed in close proximity to each other. Internal rhyme occurs when words rhyme within a line or in the middle of separate lines, or when a word at the end of one line rhymes with a word in the middle of the next line. The following couplet is a good illustration of Coleridge's use of both alliteration and internal rhyme:
And the forrow followed free.
We were the first to ever burst into the silent sea
The three repeated "f" sounds in the first line are an example of alliteration. They create a pleasing sense of rhythm. "First" and "burst" in line two are an instance of internal rhyme, while "silent sea" is another example of alliteration.
The "S" sounds in the following passage are examples of alliteration:
Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship,
Yet she sailed softly too:
Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze ...
The "B" sounds in the last line are also an example of alliteration.
Another example of internal rhyme is "About, about, in reel...
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