What is the tone of the speaker in Dylan Thomas' poem "Fern Hill"? What does the speaker lament?
Generally, the tone of a speaker is found by closely examining the diction and syntax in a piece of writing. In Dylan Thomas' "Fern Hill," studying the diction in the poem (the word choice, in other words) should clearly show you that the tone is idealistic and nostalgic.
"Fern Hill" is essentially a look back at childhood, and most of the language is playfully infused with a sense of magic. Take, for instance, the first five lines of the poem:
Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
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