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Vintage Hughes - Fire Summary & Analysis

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Fire Summary

This poem is a series of exclamations in which the poet declares that fire will burn his soul because he has been impure and sinful.

Fire Analysis

The language of the poem is colloquial and inspired, no doubt, by the exclamations common to black churches. But though the form mirrors that of the churchly, the content is altogether removed from the declarations of faith that place their speaker in heaven. Here, the poetic voice consigns himself to hell for his womanizing and meanness. But the voice is not one of despair. On the contrary, there is a sort of joy and vitality that sings through his declarations of damnation.

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