Comparison of the Tone and Mood of Poems “Cross” and “Seed-Merchant’s Son”

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Comparison of the tone and mood of poems “Cross” and “Seed-Merchant’s Son” Poetries can represent poets’ emotions and feelings. In this essay I intend to compare and contrast the tone and mood of two poems, which called “Cross” by Langston Hughes and “Seed-Merchant’s Son” by Agnes Grozier Herbertson. “Cross” is about a half-blood person who blames his parents and later feels sorry of his parents and bemused of his life. "The Seed-Merchant's Son" is a poem that conveys the bereavement that a man feels for his son who has died at the war. Those two poems have some similarities and differences of tone and mood. I will be comparing the tone and mood. First, there are several similarities in those two poems. Both of these poems not only immerse in angry and regretful tone but also express frustrated and dreary mood. For example, in the poem “Cross”, the tone of the poem is anger at the beginning. The first line "My old man's a white old man", is expressed in an angry tone. Author prefers an unrespect words ‘My old man's' instead of ‘Father' (Poem A, line1), which shows the angry tone of the poem. And the author cannot find his self-identity, so curses both rich white father and poor black mother to express the angry tone. But in line 3, the author wrote that, “I take my curses back”(line4) and “I am sorry for that evil wish” (line 7). The author feels sorry of parents and wants to apologize to them, but his parents died. He never has the chance to talk to them any more. It shows the tone of regret in this poem. Besides, the tone of the other poem “Seed-Merchant’s Son” is also anger at the beginning. The man in the poem has lost "His dear, his loved, his only one" (Poem B, line2) which accentuates the notion that the man has love for his only child, and is angry for that the child was dead in the war. This poem emphasizes and builds up an angry tone by
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