Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Describe how alliteration intensifies the narration of the axe blow.

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Gowan was considered part of the "alliterative revival." This was a literary trend in the 14th century which relied heavily on alliteration to hold poetry together as well as add effect. So, as the axe comes down the consonants begin to gather speed, just like the axe, adding intensity.