George Crabbe uses tone to convey meaning in "Elder Brother's Tale" in Tales of the Hall. Over the course of the poem, Crabbe changes from using a highly romanticized style to a rational, mater-of-fact style. This change reflects the psychological changes within the elder brother, George, showing that Crabbe was not careless in his poetic choices but masterfully uses tone to add depth of meaning to the poem.
Brady, Marion B.
"Crabbe, “Clutterbuck and Co.”,"
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