Sound in “Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour”

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In “Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour,” Stevens uses a lot of hard, guttural consonant sounds such as g, d, and k (sometimes created with a c). This relates closely to the meaning of the poem, which is about human thought, knowledge, and imagination. When spoken aloud, the g, d, and k sounds are created very deeply in the throat, similar to the way imagination and thought is fostered in the most internal parts of the human mind. Consider the words “good” (line 3), “dark” (line 15) and “dwelling” (line 17) for examples.

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