Tone and Mood. TONE/MOOD Tone The author’s attitude , stated or implied, toward a subject. Some possible attitudes are pessimism, optimism, earnestness, seriousness, bitterness, humorous, and joyful. An author’s tone can be revealed through choice of words and details.
First, ask yourself “What is the topic/subject of this piece?
Second, put a + or – sign next to each couplet.
Count and total the +’s and –”s. Which side has more?
Look at the tone/mood tip sheet. choose some words to describe the author’s attitude towards the subject of__________?
Look at each main idea of the poem, and use a word from the tip sheet to describe the mood.