What is the mood of "Winter Night"? How does the author establish the mood, and how does it contribute to the author's purpose?

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Karyth Cara | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The mood of "Winter Night" is eerie, dark, despairing. The opening lines set the mood exactly through diction and vocabulary. The diction is high, not conversational but employing an educated style. The vocabulary embraces multi-syllabic words like apprehension, abeyance, security, urgent, reprieved. These are interspersed with simple, Old English, single syllable words like love, fear, end. It is through diction and vocabulary that the eerie, dark mood is first established.

There is a time of apprehension which begins with the beginning of darkness, and to which only the speech of love can lend security. It is there, in abeyance, at the end of every day, not urgent enough to be given the name of fear but rather of concern for how ... to be reprieved from fear,....