What are some examples in this poem of an alliteration, consonance, and onomatopoeia?
Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is a poem that is replete with sound devices.
ALLITERATION - The repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together. Here are some examples by numbered stanzas:
1. weary way , 2. solemn stillness 3. The moping owl does to the moon complain 5. The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed 6. the blazing hearth shall burn, Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share. 8. The short and simple annals 9.the pomp of power 10. their tomb no trophies 12. the living lyre 14. born to blush 17. their crimes confined 20. shapeless sculpture 22. longing lingering look 25. Haply some hoary-headed swain 26. listless length; brook that babbles by 27. woeful-wan; Or crazed with care, or crossed
ONOMATOPEIA - The use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning. Here are examples marked by stanza:
1. The plowman homeward plods
2. the beetle wheels his droning flight
And drowsy tinklings
5. The swallow twittering
10. The pealing anthem
26. the brook that babbles
COSONANCE - The repetition of the same or similar final consonant sounds on accented syllables or important words. Here are examples marked by stanza:
1. tolls the knell
17. Forbade to wade