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Tone in Count That Day Lost
Tone Examples in Count That Day Lost:
Text of the Poem
"Then..." See in text (Text of the Poem)
This stanza begins with an “if” that is resolved in the final line by a “then” statement. In this way, Eliot’s poem creates a rational argument. The poem’s style is plain because it is concerned with logic and the straightforward communication of a moral message, not extravagant artistry.
"you..." See in text (Text of the Poem)
Notice that Eliot uses the second-person point of view (which directly addresses the reader.) Considering that the poem is allegorical (it is written to relay some kind of moral message) this creates a “call to action” type of tone that will continue for its entirety.