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    Tone in literature is the poet’s attitude toward the poem’s speaker, reader, and subject matter, as interpreted by the reader. Often described as a “mood” that pervades the experience of reading the poem, it is created by the poem’s vocabulary, metrical regularity or irregularity, syntax, use of figurative language, and rhyme.

    Tone may be formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, guilty, condescending, or many other possible attitudes. Each piece of literature has at least one theme, or central question about a topic, and how the theme is approached within the work is known as the tone.

    While now used to discuss literature, the term tone was originally applied solely to music. This appropriated word has come to represent the attitudes and feelings that a speaker (in poetry), a narrator (in fiction), or an author (in non-literary prose) has towards the subject, situation, and/or the intended audience. It is important to recognize that the speaker, or narrator, of a piece of literature is not to be confused with the author. Likewise, the attitudes and feelings of the speaker, or narrator, should not be confused with those of the author.


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