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Transcript of 1.05 Tone
"When I was fair and young"
by Queen Elizabeth I
List at least three examples of diction in the text that add to the overall tone. Explain how each word contributes to the emotional power of the piece.
"Fair" and "young" are good choices of words as it conveys to the audience that the author was highly attractive. "Scorn" conveys a strong negative emotion. It is stronger than using the word dislike. "Importune" is another word that conveys strong emotion. "Fair" and "young" gives the poem a more soft and light tone, which is directly contrasted by the intensity involved with the words "scorn" and "importune".
List at least three examples of imagery in the text that add to the overall tone. Explain how each description contributes to the emotional power of the piece.
Fair and young gave a visualization of Queen Elizabeth's physical attributes when she was youthful. Scorn gives an image of a hard face and attitude, which again directly contrasts the softer, gentler image of young and fair. With "Weeping eyes" and "sighing hearts" I could see Elizabeth's rejected suitors. Where the author could of chosen more moderate, mild words, she used stronger words to communicate her severe emotions.
List the examples of important details the author chose to include. Explain how these details contribute to the emotional power of the piece.
"Fair and young" gives detail about her physical attributes and tells us why she was sought after. This contributes heartfelt emotion to the poem. "How much men she severely brought to woe and despair by her scorn communicated a somewhat sorrowful emotion" shows how emotional this poem really is.
List the examples of important details the author chose to omit. Explain how these missing details contribute to the emotional power of the piece.
The author did not include how her attitude change after she was no longer fair, young and favored by grace — to avoid impeding a mood present in the poem. Additionally, the author did not include how she had changed to no longer fair, young, and favored by grace; possibly to avoid impeding the mood, as well.
Analyze the author’s use of syntax in this text. Are the sentences long or short? Does the author use punctuation to slow down the pace, or short phrases to quicken it?
The sentences in the poem are fairly short. Her usage of punctuation and short phrases set a calm and consistent mood in the poem.
Select a tone (or multiple tones) from the list of Tone Words. Explain why this tone is the best way to describe this text.
I would say that haughty, ironic, and fatalistic best fit the types of tones used. It was fatalistic for the author to see her haughty and prideful attitude ruin her beauty, but ironic, since pride comes before the fall (dramatic irony).
By: Muhammed Hafez