What is peculiarly effective about the expressions "crooked hands," "Close to the sin," "Ringed with the azure world," "wrinkled," and "crawls?"

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The first way in which these words work is by alliteration . The sequence ``clasps โ€“ crag - crooked โ€“ Close โ€“ crawls` repeats a harsh initial consonant, adding dramatic intensity to the poem and linking together a series of terms suggesting...

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