• Tone and DIDLS


    Tone indicates the author’s/speaker’s attitude toward                1.  the subject

                      2.  the audience


    To analyze tone, try using the acronym DIDLS*:


    Diction:         Important words the author uses, and patterns of words


    Images:          Word “pictures” created by figurative language


    Details:          Literal images, like description, or examples/facts


    Language:     The characteristics of the language overall, e.g. slang, scholarly, jargon


    Sentence:       The effect of sentence structure, and variations in sentence structure




    Tone Vocabulary


    satiric               pedantic            colloquial          whimsical          indignant           compassionate

    dramatic           bantering           impartial           learned             flippant              insipid

    informative        vibrant              pretentious        somber             patronizing        urgent

    facetious           irreverent          confident          clinical              sentimental         moralistic

    objective          inflammatory      diffident            benevolent        contemptuous   ironic

    burlesque         sympathetic       didactic            fanciful              taunting             petty

    detached          concerned         factual              cynical                angry              restrained

    incisive              turgid               elegiac              sardonic           disdainful          scornful

    contentious       lugubrious         ffusive              insolent             candid             



Last Modified on August 9, 2011