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What is the tone of the poem "Jacklight" by Louise Erdrich?

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The tone of this poem is one of deep sadness and grief, but also one of challenge. This is a tone that is created through the reflection on the way that male/female and white/indigenous people relations are described and commented upon, with white males presented as predatory and violent, forcing themselves upon women and indigenous people showing no mercy or pity. Note, for example, the following quote:

We smell their breath steaming lightly...

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