What is the definition of mood?

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In literature, the term "mood" has to do with the tone that the story or poem presents to the reader. A reader can find the mood of what s/he is reading through the descriptions that the author provides through imagery. Imagery uses sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound to give the reader more insight to the setting, plot or descriptions of characters in the work. This device can show sadness through the description of storm clouds or happiness through playful musical sounds of birds during a warm sunrise. How the author presents his/her perspective, or point of view, can also show attitude or opinions that help to create the mood as well.


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