What literary techniques are evident in the following quote?

I read each bullet scar in the Quai stonework
With an eerie familiar feeling,
And started at the stricken, sunny exposure of pavement

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The only technique I can really suggest is one of alliteration, which is essentially the repetition of the same sound due to certain syllables within words, which form a pattern or beat of sorts, imposing a shape on the lines.

If you re-read the final line and place emphasis on the syllables, you notice "star-ted", "strick-en", and "sun-ny"; it seems the author is trying to put particular emphasis on the "s"-like syllables (the use of "scar" and "stone-work" in the first line suggests a link to the third due to this technique).

A similar technique is used in the second line with "fam-il-i-ar feel-ing" (the "f" sounds).

  • def: Repeating the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words - therefore "ex-po-sure" does not qualify; you might also check out assonance
    – Unreason
    Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 8:04
  • @Unreason was thinking more of the 'sure' portion, but you are probably right. Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 8:26
  • @Craig Sefton, exactly: '-sure' portion is not at the beginning, which is requirement for alliteration.
    – Unreason
    Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 9:02
  • @Unreason actually, in poetry it doesn't matter if the consonant is at the beginning or not. Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 9:32
  • @Craig Sefton, reference? (are you sure you are not thinking about en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_consonance)
    – Unreason
    Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 9:46



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