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Explain the effectiveness of onomotopeia in the poem "The Slave's Dream" expecially in the phrase "martial`s clank."


The line you cite is onomatopoeia because that is a literary device in which a word sounds like the thing that it means.

In this case, the idea is that when the pieces of a chain move together they make a sound that sounds like "clank."

The word "martial" is not really onomatopoeia, but it helps make the whole thing more effective since it means "having to do with war."  It conveys the power of the king.

To me, this is effective because the onomatopoeia helps give the scene meaning to more of our senses.  It helps us "hear" what is going on and make it more vivid to us.

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