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Analysis and comments on Hanging Fire by Audre Lorde

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Comment 33 of 93, added on March 8th, 2012 at 4:56 AM.
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qEIx2F Fantastic blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on...

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Comment 32 of 93, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:43 AM.
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XEH27b Hello! How do you feel about young composers?!...

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Comment 31 of 93, added on June 1st, 2011 at 4:33 PM.

actually, we can relate to it....no ones perfect.

Sarah from United States
Comment 30 of 93, added on September 27th, 2010 at 2:36 PM.

i think the girl is suicidal because she's going threw puberty and shes got
acne and braces-not to mention shes ignored by her mother.That thought goes
good with the title of "hanging fire" because i get the feeling she's like
two seconds away from killing herself and is thinking these things

Spoonman from United States
Comment 29 of 93, 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 93, 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 93, 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 93, 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 93, 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 93, 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

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