December 10th: Tone

The last Wednesday Wake Up, we discussed MOOD. Today, we will focus on TONE.

REVIEW: Tone and Mood

Tone and mood both deal with the emotions centered around a piece of writing. Though they seem similar and can in fact be related causally, they are in fact quite different.

Tone

Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject. While journalistic writing theoretically has a tone of distance and objectivity, all other writing can have various tones.

Some Tone Words:

To Evaluate Tone look at:
  1. DICTION: The important and individual words the author chooses to use.
  2. IMAGES: The word pictures created by groups of words. These images appeal to the senses.
  3. DETAILS: Often confused with images, these are more precisely facts and are notable not only for what is included but also for what is purposely omitted.
  4. LANGUAGE: This term describes the characteristics of the body of words used; terms such as slang, clinical, scholarly, and jargon denote language.
  5. SENTENCE STRUCTURE: Expressed in its most elemental form, this notes that short sentences are often emotional or assertive and that longer sentences move toward more reasonable or even scholarly intent.

"The Lost Generation" by Jonathan Reed

I am part of a lost generation.

And I refuse to believe that
I can change the world.
I realize this may be a shock, but
"Happiness comes from within"
Is a lie, and
"Money will make me happy"
So in thirty years, I will tell my children
They are not the most important thing in my life.
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
Work
Is more important than
Family
I tell you this:
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
But this will not be true in my era.
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
Thirty years from now, I will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my divorce.
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making.
In the future,
Environmental destruction will be the norm.
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this Earth.
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic.
It is foolish to presume that

There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

What is the TONE of this poem?

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Now, read the poem but in reverse

And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

There is hope.

It is foolish to presume that my generation is apathetic and lethargic.

It will be evident that my peers and I care about this Earth.

No longer can it be said that environmental destruction will be the norm.

In the future I will live in a country of my choosing.

I do not concede that 30 years from now

I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce.

Experts tell me that this is a quick fix society, but this will not be true in my era.

Families stayed together, once upon a time.

I tell you this - family is more important than work.

I have my priorities straight because my employer

will know that they are not the most important thing in my life.

So in 30 years I will tell my children that "money will make me happy" is a lie,

and "happiness comes from within."

This might be a shock, but I can change the world!

And I refuse to believe that I am a part of a lost generation.

What is the TONE now?

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2 years ago
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The tone is now hopeful.

2 years ago
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The tone is now hopeful and sad.

2 years ago
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The tone is now hopeful

2 years ago
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The tone is hopeful as many others have already said.