The Spiritus Mundi

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More subtle literary devices, like alliteration, are also used to some extent. There are not as many in the poem; however, they are linked with diction that makes them stand out. After the speaker leaves the Spiritus Mundi, the “darkness drops”(line 18). By stating that darkness drops, the speaker is hinting to the reader that the world is already engulfed in complete darkness and sin. Darkness is compared to an object of great weight because it falls on the world (humans) and they are unable to lift it. The alliteration also goes back to the idea of peace and anti-war sentiment when the speaker states “stony sleep”(line 19) was over twenty centuries. Sleep is typically associated with peace and quiet which is why the speaker uses this diction.
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