Tone in To His Excellency General Washington

Tone Examples in To His Excellency General Washington:

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"refulgent..."   (Text of the Poem)

The adjective “refulgent” means gleaming, shimmering. It comes from the Latin “fulgere,” which means “to shine.” Throughout the poem, Wheatley uses such latinate diction to strike an elegant, elevated tone.