Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Back when all was continuous chuckles, sex without love, we real cool

The tone in Colette Inez's poem "Back When All Was Continuous Chuckles" shifts as the poem progresses. The Tone creates a feeling of humor then as the poem progresses a more somber mood is depicted. In line15 of the poem the persona describes how in the past everything in life was nothing but laughs to himself and his friend Doris.  The persona describes how even a bus ride pas a cemetery evokes laughter from the duo. "past the cemetery whose stones Doris and I found hilarious". then as the poem progresses the tones sets a grim, sad mood as the persona talks of his friends cancer stricken mother. "Before she got the big C which no one said out loud".  From this point on the poem takes a turn to how life is not always laughter an jokes. At the end of the poem the persona also refers to the cemetery they once made fun of, which they would soon be acquainted with. "And we rode the bus past Greenfield's rise where stones, trumpeting angels, would bear names we later came to realize". The diction in this poem also aids in depicting the tone of the poem. Inez's use of diction is used in a manner to cause a surprising emotion from the reader. The title and the choice of words help mask the revelation about life at the end of the poem. The tone in the poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks also shifts as the poem progresses. At first the poem creates a calm and collective mood then moves toward a serious tone. Brooks describes pool players that skip school and proclaim themselves as "cool" but later on see consequences in their lives. In line 10 "We die soon" , Brooks depicts that the lifestyle these children are living is not safe and may cost the their lives. Books uses colloquially in the poem to assist the tone of the poem. "We real cool".  colloquially which includes slang is used in way to join together the characters and the emotions theses words evoke. Since these are kids that are proclaiming themselves as "cool" for many reasons, by using  slang helps tie the diction and tone together. The tone in the poem "Sex without Love"  by Sharon Olds evokes a sense of bewilderment. (How do they do it, the ones who make love without love?". The persona does not seem to know why or how individuals can make love physically without having any true feelings between each other. The diction helps to depict the meaning of true love.  how even though there is physical attraction between the two, without any true feelings the lack real happiness.

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