Lord Byron uses imagery in his poem to bring you to the place and event he is writing about. At the beginning of the poem, Assyrian troops are marching down to
Secondly, Lord Byron uses many similes and metaphors to describe the event. “...And the sheen of their spears was like the stars on the sea, when the blue wave rolls nightly on the
Finally, there are several examples of assonance and onomatopoeia within this poem, “The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold/ And his cohorts gleamed purple and gold,” is one form of assonance in Lord Byron’s poem. “...the windows of Ashur are loud in their wail...” The poet uses onomatopoeia to note the sadness and dismay of the Assyrians.
Lord Byron writes with imagery, metaphors and similes, as well as assonance and onomatopoeia to bring life to his poem. By using these tools, the poet expands on the Biblical account in II Kings 19 and helps the reader experience The Destruction of Sennacherib. “And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword / Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord.”