Identify the tone of each poem. Are the tones similar or different? Cite at least three examples of diction that reveal tone in each poem.


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The tones of the two poems are not alike. Where Chicago has the tone of energetic working and urgency, as seen through the lines such as "Wrecking,/ Planning,/ Building, breaking, rebuilding,","Bragging and laughing that under / Laughing!" or "Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of/ Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog/ Butcher," (p.891) whereas in Grass (p.892) the tone is more calmer and strong through its repetition of the words "I am the grass", its showing of time's lapse "Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor" and the methodical aspect of the grass's continual assault with "I am the grass; I cover all."

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