Hate Poem by Julie Sheehan

790 WordsJun 25, 20184 Pages
Tone is a major contributor to the work of the “Hate Poem”. “Tone is an aspect of point of view since it has a great deal to do with the narrator. Tone is the narrator’s predominant attitude toward the subject, whether that subject is a place, event, character or idea” (Writing Essays about Literature, Kelley Griffith page 46). When analyzing the “Hate Poem” by Julie Sheehan, “To understand the tone of the poem, we need to listen to the words, as we might listen to an actual conversation. The key is to hear not only what is being said but also how it is being said.” (Kennedy and Gioia) Her use of several styles of irony help with the tone she is trying to convey. She uses the word hate when it has the ability to actually mean it’s…show more content…
After listening to her read “Hate Poem” the tone and its importance to the work as a whole changed. She conveys and attitude of sarcasm that is funny and brings vivid images to that humor. “The blue-green jewel of sock lent I’m digging from under mu third toenail, left foot, hate you” (Kennedy and Gioia). This is very sarcastic, a jewel of sock lent. How is lent a jewel? Toe lent is not related to love or hate, but contributes to her tone and brings a bit of humor to the poem. It is obvious that she loves this person very much because of her passionate word choices. It is actually love that engulfs her completely, not hate. She is being ironic when using hate not love. The title itself is ironic. “My sign in the background as you explain relational databases hates you. My hesitation when you invite me for a drive: hate. My pleasant “good morning”: hate. You know when I am sleepy I nuzzle my head under your arm? Hate.” (Kennedy and Gioia) The tone of these words are very gentle not hostile or angry. You do not sigh at people you hate. You do not sigh when you are angry. Most of all, you do not cuddle with people you hate. If you notice she never refused the offer to go for the drive, more like she looked forward to going. This is not a tone of hate, but of love and companionship. When hating someone there is no hesitation, thoughts are stern and decided. Then to add to the tone she goes with raw
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