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Transcript of Understanding Tone
meant to influence the readers emotional response
the emotional force: conveyed through specific syntax and diction How to Decipher the Poet's Tone: While reading the poem aloud, Consider :
how you felt while reading the poem
the poem's structural elements: whether they agree or disagree with your feelings
natural breaks, rising and falling of your voice as you read the poem aloud
the poet's diction: are the words used abstract or concrete? general or specific?
connotation of words Where The Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go ,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends. Tone- How the theme is approached within a work of literature. Tone vs. Mood:
-Tone is the speaker's attitude or feeling towards the subject.
-Mood is the general atmosphere created for the reader. I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope. "Lost Generation"
by Jonathan Reed What do you think the tone of this poem was? Try reading it in reverse. Does the tone change? Activity: Pretend you were caught cheating on a test. Write 2-3 sentences telling this to:
-Your best friend
Write this ONLY ONCE and notice how you're tone changes with each new audience. We can find tone through:
* recognizing the changing tones of voice that the speaker of the poem adopts as the poem moves from beginning to end.
* The poem’s attitude that its style implies. Changing the Tone of A Movie Trailer Scary Mary Poppins Original Mary Poppins "Money" by Victor Contoski
At first it will seem tame,
willing to be domesticated.
It will nest
in your pocket
or curl up in a corner
reciting softly to itself
the names of the presidents.
It will delight your friends,
shake hands with men
like a dog and lick
the legs of women.
But like an amoeba
it makes love
only to itself.
Fold it frequently;
it needs exercise.
Water it every three days
and it will repay you
with displays of affection.
Then one day when you think
you are its master
it will turn its head
as if for a kiss
and bite you gently
on the hand.
There will be no pain
but in thirty seconds
the poison will reach your heart.