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Mood is the feeling the reader gets from a work of literature. There are many different words you can use to
describe the mood of a piece of writing. Here are some to get you started. They are organized into groups of
words with similar meanings. We’ve left space in each box so you can add your own words.
aggravated, enraged, hostile, irate,
dreary, dull, uneventful, tiring
quiet, serene, tranquil, mellow, harmonious
exhilarating, lively, rousing, thrilling,
amusing, bouncy, cheerful, playful
content, joyful, delighted, ecstatic, elated
warm, delicate, romantic, touching,
depressed, melancholy, mournful, tragic,
creepy, nightmarish, spooky, haunting,
anxious, nervous, restless, suspenseful, tense,