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Tone in The Maldive Shark

Tone Examples in The Maldive Shark:

Text of the Melville's Poem


"How alert in attendance be. ..."   (Text of the Melville's Poem)

“The Maldive Shark” follows a metrical scheme known as common meter, in which the lines alternate between four beats and three beats. The rhymes follow a standard ABCB scheme. The rhyme and meter give the poem a light, sing-song tone.

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