Tone in Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon

Tone Examples in Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon:

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"Who can bear spring’s lonely sorrows..."   (Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon)

While this section begins with the positive associations of April and color, the speaker makes a significant shift in the tone of the poem by associating spring with something negative. He portrays it as a lonely, sorrowful time and suggests that the only way to deal with this loneliness is to drink wine.

"of wine..."   (Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon)

Additionally, the jar of wine’s appearance in this first line is somewhat sudden. Since the speaker has encouraged us to have positive associations with the wine and nature, then the jar of wine becomes something like a “gift” from nature.