Percy Shelley: Poems

The poet makes use of the poetic device of alliteration in the last two lines. Identify the words that make up this figure of speech and comment on the effect this device creates here.

"boundless and bare", "lone and level", "sands stretch"

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The effect this alliteration creates is one of irony. This king oppressed and ruled his people with terror during his lifetime, and he still marks his dominion even after his death. His own actions brought not only glory but destruction to his people, and his shrine marks that truth.