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  1. Tone and Mood Belonging

  2. Why determine the tone and mood? • Identifying the tone or mood is often an important clue to help the reader discover literary themes. • Considering how a writer creates a certain tone or mood helps the reader appreciate the author’s style.

  3. How are Tone and Mood Different? • TONE • Is the author's attitude • Style, manner, or expression in speech or writing • Vocabulary used by the author helps us determine the tone • MOOD • Is the reader's feelings • Atmosphere, state of mind.

  4. TONE • Some adjectives to describe TONE: • Formal, informal, serious, humorous, amused, angry, playful, neutral, satirical, gloomy, conciliatory, sad, resigned, cheerful, ironic, clear, detailed, imploring, suspicious, witty…

  5. MOOD • Some adjectives to describe MOOD: • Fictional, imaginary, fanciful, idealistic, romantic, realistic, optimistic, pessimistic, gloomy, mournful, sorrowful…

  6. TONE: Example • “Papa’s Parrot” • TONE • The tone in this story is conciliatory (forgiving/making amends) and serious. • MOOD • The mood for this story is sorrowful and realistic. • “Three-Century Woman” • TONE • The tone in this story is humorous and witty. • MOOD • The mood for this story is realistic, optimistic, and positive.

  7. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claimBecause it was grassy and wanted wear,Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I marked the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to wayI doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere 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. Robert Frost 1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is: a. inspired b. frustrated c. sympathetic d. anxious 2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is: a. realistic b. sorrowful c. cautious d. surprising “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

  8. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claimBecause it was grassy and wanted wear,Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I marked the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to wayI doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere 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. Robert Frost 1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is: a. inspired b. frustrated c. sympathetic d. anxious 2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is: a. realistic b. sorrowful c. cautious d. surprising “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

  9. All but blind In his chambered hole, Gropes for worms The four-clawed mole. All but blind In the burning day, The barn owl Blunders on her way. And blind as are These three to me, So blind to someone I must be. Walter de la Mare 1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is: a. inspired b. frustrated c. sympathetic d. anxious 2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is: a. realistic b. sorrowful c. cautious d. surprising “All But Blind” by Walter de la Mare

  10. Isn’t it strange some people make You feel so tired inside, Your thoughts begin to shrivel up Like leaves all brown and dried! But when you’re with some other ones, It’s stranger still to find Your thoughts as thick as fireflies All shiny in your mind! 1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is: a. inspired b. frustrated c. sympathetic d. anxious 2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is: a. realistic b. sorrowful c. cautious d. surprising Some People-Rachel Fields

  11. 1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is: a. inspired b. frustrated c. sad d. excited 2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is: a. inspiring b. sorrowful c. cautious d. surprising 3. Tell me in your own words what you think the theme (central meaning or lesson in life) of this poem is: “Poets to Come” by Walt Whitman

  12. 1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is: a. inspired b. frustrated c. refreshing d. anxious 2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is: a. cleansing b. sorrowful c. cautious d. surprising “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson