What is the tone used in the poem, "If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda?

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There is a distinct difference between the definition of mood and tone in a piece of literature. Neruda's poetry is mesmerizing in the way he conveys his ardor and love for his lover; the mood, which makes the audience feel a certain way, is much different than the tone, which is how the author feels about his subject: and the mood and tone are not always the same.

In Pablo Neruda's poem, "If You Forget Me," the mood is "if you forget me, I'm already gone and I will already have forgotten you." While reading the poem, between the lines, it is hard to accept that the author who so loves this woman could dismiss her as casually as he would ask us to believe. While the mood seems to express "leave me and I'm gone," the author's love for this woman is so strong, it is nearly impossible to credit his ability to disconnect. The mood, therefore, contradicts the tone . The mood generally provides a show of strength while I...

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