Exploring Tone & Mood Through the Poetry of Martín Espada
There’s a reason the work of award-winning poet and essayist Martín Espada was banned from one U.S. city, censored by NPR, and considered dangerously political. This literary disrupter is a master of tone and a keen manipulator of mood. He has a vision and applies all manners of rich imagery and poignant narrative devices to establish a clear tone that lets the reader feel what he feels. What better way to explore mood and tone with your students than to analyze his poem “Imagine the Angels of Bread”. In this compelling piece, Espada not only shows us how the imagined can transform reality but gives an example of what happens when a writer has a radical and compassionate viewpoint and knows exactly what words to use to shift the atmosphere around his readers.