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What is tone and how does it apply to “Stop all the clocks and cut off the phone”

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What is tone and how does it apply to “Stop all the clocks and cut off the phone” ENG 150

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A short description of tone and how it is used in "Stop all the clocks and cut off the phone” by W.H. Auden
Introduction to Literature
ENG 150, tone, W.H. Auden, Stop all the clocks and cut off the phone
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Date Created: 02/14/16
What is tone and how does it apply to “Stop all the clocks and cut off the phone” (Link) Tone is the emotion present in the poem. It’s concert. It’s there, there’s no changing it. It’s based off of the word choice and images created by the author. Tone can also be found in the symbolism and setting. Mood on the other hand is more subjective. It is the emotion felt by the reader. It’s not entirely subjective though. If it’s a sad poem it makes everyone sad, it’s the degree of sadness that changes from person to person. Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone What’s it about? Someone died The writer is mourning “He is dead” What it the tone? Sad, depressing, sorrow, grows in sadness overtime What’s the imagery? “Stop all the clocks” Stop time (around the speaker) Stop from continuing beyond this point This allows the focus to be on death “Cut off the phone” No distractions He doesn’t want to talk to anyone “Prevent the dog from barking… Silence the pianos” Wants it to be quiet Wants sadness, or wants to remove all happiness By the end of the first stanza the author makes it clear that he wants to be alone, and wants everything to be silent. He also makes the death seem very personal. The general theme of stanza 2 is that he wants everyone to share in his loss and join in his morning and that this is someone of importance. “Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead” “Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves” “Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. So stanza one personal, stanza 2 more broad, so what’s important about stanza 3? “I was wrong” Fff “He was my North, my South, my East and West. My working week and my Sunday rest” He was the author’s entire world, every day, all the time. Stanza 4 is the bow that wraps up the thing and sums it all up. Happiness is gone to him and he thinks that it should be gone for everyone. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one He wants darkness and wants everyone gone. Nothing else matters. He feels like it’s all over and that this is the end of everything. “For nothing now can ever come to any good.” Overall tone and mood are very similar. They both deal with emotion, the difference being that tone is what is felt by the author and what is in the poem. Whereas mood is what the reader feels. The poem “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” is filled with tone, which sets the mood. The poem is about the death of a friend. In the beginning the author wants to morn alone, but by then end of poem the author wants everyone to morn with him.


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