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* ALLITERATION.                            179
Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres.
Milton's use of alliteration is not so marked in his epics as in the minor poems. He also em­ploys various devices to tone down the alliterative effect by (1) employing it with unaccented syl­lables ; (2) with syllables other than the initial one; and (3) by the use of consonants similar but not identical in sound, as b, p, t, &c. His exquisite skill in the choice of words for all the purposes of picturesque and melodic effect is unsurpassed by any of our poets. The very sound of many of his verses, even apart from the sense, has a distinct pleasurable effect.
Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care.
" Paradise Lost."
The rising wind of waters, dark and deep.
•' Paradise Lost."
That soil may best Deserve the precious bane ....
" Paradise Lost."
Moping melancholy, And moon-struck madness.
" Paradise Lost."
Perhaps some cold bank is her bolster now.
" Comus."
Or 'gainst the rugged bark of some broad elm.
" Comus."