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Alexander Rivera In William Wordsworth’s “The Prelude,” the ever-changing tone illustrates his new experience with nature. The poem starts out with a normal narrative tone as the speaker is led by nature to a little boat. Then, the tone becomes more exciting as he performs “an act of stealth” when he decides to take the boat from the willow tree and onto the lake. As he is on the lake he looks at the reflection of the water and sees “small circles glittering idly in the moon.” Later he looks up at and sees “nothing but the stars and the grey sky.” After this the tone changes once again to a more surprising and dark tone when he comes upon the mountain. When he first comes upon the mountain he is shocked by it is it “upreared its head.” He kept rowing but soon the terrible mountain became overwhelming and “towered up between me and the stars.”
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Unformatted text preview: The overwhelming mountain was too much for him and he decided that he needed to turn away and go back home. At this point, the tone becomes sad as he begins with the end of his journey. As he is making his way back him he begins to reflect on the mountain and his brain “worked with a dim and undetermined sense of unknown modes of being.” Soon his head is filled with dark images as the mountain replaces all of the other colorful wonders of nature. This stays with him and troubles his dreams his dreams from then on. The tone of the poem changes from narrative, to excited, to dark and gloomy as the narrator shares his experience of drifting on a lake and how this experience causes him to lose much of the hope that he once had for nature....
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  • Fall '10
  • Martin
  • English, Tone, The Prelude, normal narrative tone

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