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beb381 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 25, 2010 at 5:58 AM via web

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In the poem "Problems with Hurricanes" by Hernandez Cruz, how does the poet create a humorous tone about a serious subject?

what other meanings about life does the poem have

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 27, 2010 at 5:22 AM (Answer #1)

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In "Problems with Hurricanes," the poet Victor Hernandez Cruz creates a humorous tone about the serious subject of hurricanes.

The poet does this by describing how some people are killed in hurricanes by

mangoes, avocados
Green plantains and bananas
flying into town like projectiles.


The poem states that death by drowning "has honor"; by contrast,

to suffer a mango smashing
Your skull
or a plantain hitting your
Temple at 70 miles per hour
is the ultimate disgrace.

This image is, of course, humorous in a macabre sort of way.

Despite its lighthearted tone, the poem can be seen as an existensialist statement.  It describes mankind as a helpless victim to the elements of nature.  Still, a person can maintain a certain dignity by submitting to his fate without fear:

Don't worry about the noise
Don't worry about the water
Don't worry about the wind.

In addition, the fury of nature is not without beauty:

If you are going out
beware of mangoes
And all such beautiful
sweet things.

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