The wheels of the coach creaked and groaned as they

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The wheels of the coach creaked and groaned as they sank into the ruts on the road, and sometimes they flung up the soft splattered mud against the windows, where it mingled with the constant driving rain, and whatever view there might have been of the countryside was hopelessly obscured. Activities: 1. Diction : circle the words in the passage that contribute to its effectiveness 2. Images : to which senses does this passage appeal? underline the “word pictures” 3. Details : put ( ) around the facts found in the passage; list below any facts omitted from this passage 4. Language : what one word would you use to describe the language used in the passage? 5. Sentence structure : what is particularly effective about the structure of the sentences? Cite specific examples from the passage. Use the information above to write a detailed analysis about the tone of the passage. 490 495 500 505 510 515 520
Dee Schulten Tone and Style 9 Tone Analysis: “Miss Rosie,” Lucille Clifton When I watch you wrapped up like garbage sitting, surrounded by the smell of too old potato peels or 5 when I watch you in your old man’s shoes with the little toe cut out sitting, waiting for your mind like next week’s grocery 10 I say when I watch you you wet brown bag of a woman who used to be the best looking gal in Georgia used to be called the Georgia Rose 15 I stand up through your destruction I stand up 1. The shifting tone is a significant element in this poem. At what point does the shift in tone occur? 2. How would you describe the poem’s tone before the shift? after the shift? 3. What words and phrases establish the different tones? 4. What images seem particularly effective? Why? 5. What details about Miss Rosie and the speaker are evident? How do these details contribute to the tone? 6. What details are left unsaid? Why is this significant? 7. What word would you use to describe the language used by the poet? Cite examples as support. 8. What do you notice about the poem’s sentence structure? 525 530 535 540 545 550 555 560
Dee Schulten Tone and Style 10 Tone Analysis: from A Separate Peace , John Knowles I started the long trudge across the fields and had gone some distance before I paid any attention to the soft and muddy ground, which was dooming my city shoes. I didn’t stop. Near the center of the fields, there were thin lakes of muddy water which I had to make my way around, my unrecognizable shoes making obscene noises as I lifted them out of the mire. With nothing to block it, the wind flung wet gusts at me; at any other time, I would have felt like a fool slogging through mud and rain, only to look at a tree. A little fog hung over the river so that as I neared it I felt myself becoming isolated from everything except the river and the few trees beside it. The wind was blowing more steadily here, and I was beginning to feel cold. I never wore a hat and had forgotten gloves. There were several trees bleakly reaching into the fog. Any one of them might have been the one I was looking for.

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