What is the the tone of Petrarch's Sonnet 90: "She used to let her golden hair fly free"?

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The speaker's tone is one of quiet disillusion and sadness. He once was in love. The beloved's eyes once seemed more radiant "than the west," but they no longer do so. The fire of love once burned in his breast but not any longer. When she walked, he once thought she was an angel. When she spoke, he once thought celestial voices sang. She seemed like a goddess or divinity among mortals to him. In other words, he was once besotted, head over heels in love.

Today, he no longer is passionately in love with this woman. She no longer seems like a divine being to him. Nevertheless, as he says at the end of the sonnet, although he is no longer in love and Cupid's bow is no longer aimed at him, the former wound of unrequited love still hurts: "the wounds bleeds on." This is a sad ending: we would hope that once love's madness passed, he would heal and move on.

Tone is the attitude, feeling or emotion a narrator (prose) or a poetic persona has for the subject being discussed or described. Some...

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