Tone


Definition of Tone:
The emotional attitude toward the reader or subject implied by the poem.



Example of Tone #1:

From:

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;



Example of Tone #2:

From:

And then the watcher at his pulse took fright.
No one believed. They listened at his heart.
Little less nothing! and that ended it.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.




Tone Example


Tone in poetry:
  • Definition of tone
  • Examples of tone
  • Examples of authors using tone
  • Explanation of how tone is used


Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like tone helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of tone, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like tone.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Mood