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Writers use diction and tone to express their work in the form of which they wish their reader to understand it Tone is the authors attitude toward the reader or the people places or events in a work as exposed by the authors style Diction is a writers choice of words phrases sentence structures and figurative language which combined with tone help to create meaning In Audre Lordes Hanging Fire Lorde used informal diction with a serious tone to illustrate the frustrations of a fourteen-year-old Informal diction represents the plain language of everyday use and often includes exaggerations slang and many simple common words Audre Lorde used this common technique to develop a close rapport with the reader through the use of ordinary language which most people can understand and relate to I am fourteen ll 1 here Audre Lorde did not hesitate to use the first line to introduce the speaker and to construct a more personal intimate relationship with the reader The use of first person here suggests a direct monologue which the speaker is describing her problems with reader In this same quotation another question is revealed about whom exactly is the speaker Since Audre Lorde was 44 years old when Hanging Fire was published the reader may wonder if the speaker is the young Audre Lorde or if the speaker is just the use of a fourteen-year-old as the persona Along with the quick introduction to the speaker Audre Lorde used very little punctuation in this poem to emphasize the variation of the worries of teenagers The quick jump between subjects from the boywho still sucks his thumb in secret ll 3-5 to knees which are always ashy ll 6-7 suggests that the speaker is brainstorming about her concerns The second and third stanza are similar to the first in the listing of concerns from dancing to room size to death to her mom to the
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