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In poetry, alliteration requires stressed syllables that begin with the same consonant sound. Nabokov's novel Lolita is written in prose, so we don't need to analyse the metre to determine which syllables are stressed; we only need to know each word's main stress. In Nabokov's first two sentences, we can find two groups of alliterations: based on the "...


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Your example is a simile, but not by a strict textbook definition. Similes usually follow a rather specific pattern. "The sea is like dark wine" is a simile. "The wine dark sea." is not a simile. In the poem, "the soul" goes through a variety of figurative language . In the last stanza, it is not so clear that "Like Stone," refers to the soul making it ...


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