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Comment 9 of 97, added on May 29th, 2007 at 4:58 PM.

Well, the moth that fell into the flame was the female gold moth not the
grey moth. So I feel like she was looking for someone or something more
beautiful and captivating. She didn't find it in the dull grey moth, even
though he would be waiting there for her "until the break of day". She
found what she was looking for in the end...but not what she expected.
That's my understanding of this.

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Comment 8 of 97, added on March 20th, 2006 at 8:35 PM.

I think the poem represents the thing which we desire and the thing which
we take for granted. In this case its love. The gold moth was beatiful and
vain. We all seek beautiful things. Yet the "ugly duckling" demonstrated
her love "until the break of day" and the guy moth neglected her because
she didn't fit his criteria. The gray moths death indicates fixation on the
unattainable which results in her own demise.

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Fire-Caught
Added: May 7 2003
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Poem of the Day: Aug 13 2004

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