Tone in The Maldive Shark
Tone Examples in The Maldive Shark:
Text of the Melville's Poem
"How alert in attendance be. ..." See in text (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.