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Speaker, Tone, and Mood

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on 31 March 2014

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Transcript of Speaker, Tone, and Mood

The speaker is the voice or the narrator of the poem. The speaker could be the author, or any entity in the poem.
Speaker
Speaker, Tone, and Mood
Tone is the writer’s or speaker’s attitude towards the poetry’s subject, material or audience. The tone of a poem evokes emotions of the reader and creates the mood. Some examples of tone include: serious, comical, and depressing.
Tone
Tone Example
The mood is the feeling created by the author’s words while reading the poem. It is also referred as the atmosphere of a literary piece.

Mood
Rolling hills majesty, lush grass for the surrounding space,
Overlooking two white horses from a fairy tale across the way.
Masses of flowers to be seen flowing in vases made of strength,
A hush of dew in the morning dusts this peaceful place.
Vibrant luminaries around each piece shine in the night air,
Their story told on celebrated markers placed precisely everywhere.
People will come to visit, kneel, and talk of the days before,
This is the loved one’s home now and the caretaker is their saving grace,
A hush of dew in the morning dusts this peaceful place.
Mood Example
Video
GAME
TIME!
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost
In this stanza of the poem
"The Road Not Taken"
by Robert Frost, he tells us his past in a unhappy tone. The tone is most recognized on the first line, as he tells with a sigh. This indicates he was not happy towards the subject he is conveying.
A Peaceful Place
Holly P. Moore
In this poem, the poet describes a place in a peaceful mood. She uses a careful choice of words, such as "lush grass", to evoke the reader's feelings of peacefulness.
Usage in Poetry
The tone of a poem lets readers to get into
the mind of the speaker. Tone brings the
subject alive, by revealing the author's attitude,
and gives a better understanding of a poem.
Usage in Poetry
Mood creates an atmosphere in poetry, and gives readers an emotional attachment to the subject. This is achieved by certain words or phrases chosen by the author to create a certain mood to evoke emotional responses of the reader. This in turn would let readers have a better understanding on the subject or idea the author is trying to convey.
Question 1:
What is the tone of the son in the following example?
Father: “We can’t go on vacation this summer.”
Son: “Ok. Great! That’s what I expected.”
a) angry
b) happy
c) sad
d) sarcastic
Question 2:
What is the mood in the following example?
"Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
a) happy
b) peaceful
c) ominous
d) sad
"Can someone tell me what the heck is going on here?"
Question 3:
What is tone of the following example?
a) angry
b) frustrated
c) aggressive
d) serious
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