“Recuerdo” by Edna St. Vincent Millay uses both feminine and masculine rhyme. Identify the rhymes and locate an example of alliteration.

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Feminine rhyme is created when words rhyme in two or more syllables. In "Recuerdo," which consists of nine couplets, or pairs of rhyming lines with matching meter, feminine rhyme is found in the first couplet - "merry" and "ferry," and the second couplet, "stable" and "table." Masculine rhyme is created when words match only in one syllable. All of the other couplets in the poem show masculine rhyme. The masculine rhymes are - "moon" and "soon," "pear" and "somewhere," "cold" and "gold," "head" and "read," and "pears" and "fares."

Alliteration, which is sometimes called "initial rhyme," occurs when the beginning sound of two or more words in a poem are repeated in close succession. In "Recuerdo," some examples of alliteration are the sound of the initial letter "b" in "bare and bright" in the third line, the sound of the initial letter "w" in the eleventh line, "The sky went wan and the wind came cold," "the sound of the initial "c" in "came cold," also in line eleven, and the sound of the initial "m" in "Good morrow, Mother," found in the fifteenth line.

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