What is the tone in the poem "Daily" and why?

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The tone of the poem “Daily” by Naomi Shihab Nye is reverence for hard work and the little things in life. The author writes the poem with vivid imagery as she describes the mundane tasks that one does throughout the day. These mundane, repetitive tasks become the things that life is made of and when they are done with precision and pride they become a life’s work. The author describes making the bed, frying tortillas, and addressing an envelope “so the name balances like a cloud in the center of the sky.” The author uses the simile to create visual imagery of the address being written neatly and precisely on the envelope not simply scrawled across it. This shows the pride the narrator puts into her actions. The author is telling the reader that the daily handiwork that is done repeatedly is what makes a life so it should be done well and with meaning.

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