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What is the tone of the poem This Is Just To Say?

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Tone refers to an author's attitude about a particular subject, and tone is generally conveyed through that author's choice of words. I would also add that tone can be conveyed by what words an author doesn't use as well. I think that applies particularly well to this poem. The narrator does ask for forgiveness, but the narrator also never actually says that he/she is sorry, nor does the speaker say something along the lines of "I didn't realize they were yours."

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
With that in mind, I would probably describe the tone as unapologetic. I think the speaker is also being...

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