What is the tone of the poem "I taste a liquor never brewed" by Emily Dickinson?

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The tone of "I taste a liquor never brewed" is that of mystical ecstasy. The narrator compares the joy of a summer's day to the joy of being drunk. In the second stanza, she calls herself "an inebriate of the air," meaning she has become drunk from drinking in air. The other words in this stanza, including "debauchee" and "reeling," also convey the sense of utter enjoyment that the narrator experiences in nature. The tone is also mystical because the narrator is so exhilarated by nature that she acquires the supernatural ability to drink more than the bees and butterflies. In addition, in the final stanza, the narrator says that she will continue to drink from the sun even as the angels and saints rush to the windows to see her, adding to the mystical tone of the poem.

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