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Tone of the Poem

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The Bistro Styx
Rita Dove

Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993-1995 and has written several collections of poetry. “The Bistro Styx” was written in 1995.

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The overarching tone of the poem as a whole can BEST be described as

A

superficial.

B

somber.

C

optimistic.

D

degrading.

E

manipulative.