The poet’s attitude toward the poem’s speaker, reader, and subject matter, as interpreted by the reader. Often described as a “mood” that pervades the experience of reading the poem, it is created by the poem’s vocabulary, metrical regularity or irregularity, syntax, use of figurative language, and rhyme.
In the LU MFA Foundations series, our faculty members
discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing.
Other entries in the series are linked here.