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Tone in Poetry (Grade 10)

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Tone in Poetry

Poem by Langston Hughes

I loved my friend.
He went away from me.
There's nothing more to say.
The poem ends,
Soft as it began--
I loved my friend.

The tone in this poem can be best described as:
  1. witty
  2. mournful
  3. joyful
  4. sarcastic
One morning in my bedroom
I was startled by a snake,
so I picked him up and took him out
and threw him in the lake.

He returned a minute later,
meaning, no, he didn't drown,
so I put him on my bicycle
and rode him out of town.

It was hardly half an hour
till he turned up in my room,
so I packed him in a parcel
and I shipped him to Khartoum.

When I found him back again
on the succeeding afternoon
I went looking for a way that
I could blast him to the moon.

When I couldn't find a rocket
it was then I knew that, dang,
a snake is yours forever
once he eats your boomerang.
--Kenn Nesbitt

What is the tone of this poem?

The poetic form that mourns the dead and is sorrowful in tone is                .
  1. Free verse
  2. Elegy
  3. Sonnet
  4. Lyric
Apparently with No Surprise

Apparently with no surprise
To any happy flower,
The frost beheads it at its play
In accidental power.

The blond assassin passes on,
The sun proceeds unmoved
To measure off another day
For an approving God.

The tone of the poem implies that the speaker probably regards God as
  1. kind.
  2. fair.
  3. cruel.
  4. angry.
  1. is his or reason for writing,. It can be to inform, to persuade, or to entertain.
  2. using clues in astory to gather evidence and make a general statement about characters and events.
  3. is the writer's attitude toward the subject.
  4. characterized by great or excessive concern about details.
Describe one way you can find the author's tone?

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