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Tone in Ode on Melancholy

Tone Examples in Ode on Melancholy:

Ode on Melancholy

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"No, no, go not..."   (Ode on Melancholy)

The poem begins with a barrage of negative, commanding words, preparing the reader for a lesson. As the speaker’s plea—a request to the sorrowful not to numb or kill themselves—becomes clear, the arresting tone of these initial words makes sense.

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