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which of these two versions has the better alliteration /assonance?

(1) Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus SANDS .... or

(2) Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus SIGNS

(from Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tamborine Man").

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Dear Tom,

In the two lines, (1) Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus SANDS .... or   (2) Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus SIGNS, the alliteration is the same, and neither possesses assonance, except for "cIrcled by the cIrcus," which again would make them equal.

BTW, the second is just a mishearing of Dylan's line.

Hope this helps.

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