The Burn

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By reading this poem it’s noticeable that this is a Louisianan’s poem. Nearly all of Sheryl St. Germain’s poems represent Louisiana’s culture, but the piece that sticks out the most is Hot Sauce. Even though at first glance the poem Hot Sauce seems to be about hot sauce, upon further inspection there is an underlying theme within. The theme is that pain may eventually produce pleasure. The poem Hot Sauce reads as a free verse poem. There appears to be no rhyme scheme, nor any ordered length. It is arranged in chronological order in a sequence of events. Some images described in the poem are how repulsive and disgusting her mother’s eggs appeared with the hot sauce smothered all over them. In the reading, the taste of the hot sauce seems gruesome, but towards the end of the last stanza it seems to become bearable and even likeable. She compares the sticking out of her tongue, waiting for the hot sauce, to her memories of the priests at Communion. In the preceding sentence, the hot sauce is compared to the fiery gates of hell in Catholicism; this describes how unbearable the hot sauce is for her. Shakespeare said that there is nothing neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so. In this case, the hot sauce represents the bad, but it is actually just her state of mind. This is proved in the conclusion of the poem when she begins to like the hot sauce. She changed her state of mind by finding joy in something that once repulsed her. Through this we see that pleasure can derive from pain. This poem is written as a reflective piece. It is merely a woman looking back on her childhood memories, and while reflecting upon them she is thankful.
This poem proved that a simple piece of literature can contain more than meets the eye. The fact that some pleasures may be obtained through pain is the underlying theme. The sensory details and descriptiveness…...

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