Alliteration Example in Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 3

Friar Lawrence Soliloquy Quiz Answer: Alliteration

Picturenight’s dank dew to dry” (II,iii,6)

Alliteration

Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds at the start of words in near proximity. The repetition of the ‘d’ sound in ‘dank,’ ‘dew,’ and ‘dry’ is alliterative.

To fully understand the use of alliteration in this passage, it behooves the reader to understand rhythm and meter. Meter is the standard pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables–iambic pentameter, for example. Rhythm is deviations from the standard meter. One of the ways writers create rhythm is through sound devices, like alliteration.

The alliteration in this line speeds the pace of the soliloquy, much in the same way Romeo and Juliet speed their relationship. And just as the new day hastens the end of the night, the new day hastens the end of Romeo and Juliet.

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