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Analysis and comments on Hanging Fire by Audre Lorde

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Comment 29 of 119, added on April 25th, 2010 at 5:03 PM.

I think this poem is about this 14 year old girl who is worried about her
life. I think that she is overthinking her life a little too much. Whenever
it says "momma's in the bedroom with the door closed" I think that means
that her mom is never there for her. I have to resite this poem for my
class tomorrow (April 26, 2010)and it is for a grade...

Alexis from United States
Comment 28 of 119, added on November 16th, 2009 at 9:42 PM.
hanging fire

i think this poem is about girl that is growing up before she is suppose
to. i believe the boy that sucks his thumb in secrect is her brother and
she is jealous of him because hes on the math team and shes not. i dont
think her mother takes that greatest care of them and so she is forced to
be the mother of her younger brother while her mom for some reason is in
the bedroom with the door closed. ((meaning that the mother is never home
and when she does come finally decide to come home she is either a drunk or
a dead beat mom)) i think the girl is going threw puberty. she says, "my
skin has betrayed me" which would make since she 14 which means... ZITS...
if her mom didnt talk to her about anything she would have no clue what was
happening to her. she keeps saying what if i die before i wake or before
graduation. i agree that she is not suicidal but she doesnt understand what
is going on in her life and she has no one to look up to so she feel
neglected and feels like the world may stop spinning. she has no time to be
a child for if she is who will be there for her brother. she is only
angered by him because he has the chance to live his life while she is
forced into a silent repolsive world of adulthood. [for i too am a 14 year
old girl who often feels the same way...]

kacy from United States
Comment 27 of 119, added on November 8th, 2009 at 2:50 PM.

I am so crazy about this poem. The word "Hanging Fire" is so powerful.
Hanging Fire is the moment the trigger to a gun is pulled, there is said to
be a pause-hanging fire. I think this is a sorry about a mother who isnt
there for the child, and the child is maybe in the hospital, and thinking
about what might happen if she gets out, or if she lives. I also was
thinking it is about a dead mother, and that the child is thinking if it is
worth to live, because the mother isnt there anymore. Amazing poem!

karre from United States
Comment 26 of 119, added on May 26th, 2009 at 5:58 PM.

I think this poem is about a girl(her) who is growing up. And in the
process she goes through insecurity and doesn't appreciate her inner beauty
but worries about her appearance also the fact that she is going through
all these emotions and doesnt have her mother their to worry about her nor
the mom seems to really have a good relationship with her. And it isnt
really much talks about suicide but that feeling of her not thinking that
the way everything is going she wont survive this.

Brenda Ramirez from United States
Comment 25 of 119, added on April 29th, 2009 at 3:11 PM.

i am 14 and love poetry i dont think your poem has anything to do with
death or suicide.
i can really relate to your poem and i think it means that your worried
about things and your mothers to busy in her room ignoring things and your
upset trying to understand why your mother never talks or helps with thing
any more??
i really do like this poem "hanging fire"

ashleigh from United States
Comment 24 of 119, added on November 17th, 2008 at 2:08 PM.

this poem i think talks about a boy whos mother isn't there for him and
that he talks about his suicide a "going to a dance " and " getting dressed

up". He is almost preparing for death and makes it so casual... but on the
other hand
I think

This poem is very clear and when it says and "momma's in the bedroom
with the door closed"
that means that his mom's dead and her the bedroom is her coffin and his
door is the lid.

eugenio from Venezuela
Comment 23 of 119, added on November 12th, 2008 at 8:33 PM.

I really like this poem because it talks about how an African girl suffered
because of her race. Also because she didn't have her mom's support.

Maritza from United States
Comment 22 of 119, added on July 5th, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

This poem is about the feeling of a girl in her puberty. She worries about
her appearance, about responsibility(what need being done but has not been
done) and how she was mistreated in her class; the third paragraph seems
like she wants to say that because she is a girl, she is not supposed to be
on the Math team, even though her grade is higher than some boy. All those
things are overwhelming for a little girl, especially when she doesn't
receive any support from her mom, who, seems to her, is always behind the
close door of her bedroom. She also feels lost and depressed because she
cannot she where will she go in her life. She doesn't have a role model,
the close support of her mother. When she say what if i die, Maybe she is
thinking about she is turned away by the whole world; no one cares about
her existence. If she doesn't have any meaning to her mother, then to whom
she has a meaning to.

an from United States
Comment 21 of 119, added on June 15th, 2008 at 11:47 AM.

The poem reveals the absurdity of this girl's life. She is insecure about
her physique,she is neglected and has no one to turn to,her mother is in
the other room, oblivious to what her daughter is going through,there is
some kind of disconnection from reality.It is deep and leaves you with sad
feelings and thoughts.

darine from Lebanon
Comment 20 of 119, added on May 7th, 2008 at 10:32 PM.

no joke i thought this poem was about conjoined twins and how one of them
was struggling. im probably wrong though.

derek Stephens from United States

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Poet: Audre Lorde
Poem: Hanging Fire
Added: May 7 2003
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