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What are some of the "sound devices" used in "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray?

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In this lengthy poem by Thomas Gray, the reader can find an abundance of poetic sound devices, including rhythm/meter, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia

The poem maintains consistent iambic pentameter; that is, each line consists of ten syllables with alternating stresses (first unstressed, then stressed). Each stanza has a consistent abab rhyme scheme, meaning that the first and third lines of each stanza and the second and fourth lines rhyme. The rhymes are almost exclusively masculine or strong rhyme, meaning that they are single-syllable words that rhyme on the accent of the poetic foot. Thus in the first stanza, day rhymes with way and lea rhymes with me . Strong rhymes like these create a sure and confident feeling as the poem progresses, reinforcing the idea that death is...

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jmj616 - I've got a book that gives an example of an onomatopoeia it does confirm your idea. "The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea" because the word "lowing" suggests cows mooing.

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