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Analysis and comments on Hanging Fire by Audre Lorde

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Comment 23 of 103, 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 103, 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 103, 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 103, 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
Comment 19 of 103, added on April 16th, 2008 at 12:24 PM.

I think this poem is about a white angalo saxon male who is struggling with
his tatoo dilema (mamma wont come out of her bedroom because she is
addicted to online gambling) and has trouble dancing at school.

Grant James from Azerbaijan
Comment 18 of 103, added on April 13th, 2008 at 7:41 PM.

I thought this poem explained a lot because it shows how this girl or
narrator is suffering through so much, and her mom or whoever is a
authority figure is not there to help them with it or explain things. As I
was reading this poem it felt that everything was jumbled because of the
lack of punctuation, but it also adds to the poem because it shows how
jumbled the narrators life or mind is.

Sheena from United States
Comment 17 of 103, added on February 13th, 2008 at 10:46 AM.

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


zach from United States
Comment 16 of 103, added on February 7th, 2008 at 5:07 PM.

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

Katie from United States
Comment 15 of 103, added on January 8th, 2008 at 1:05 PM.

I'm a very understanding person and i see where you comin from in this
poem. Seems like you didnt have anywhere to turn and you thought your life
was goin to end soon then you thought. Well i hope nobody's feeling the way
this poem is.

Everee from United States
Comment 14 of 103, added on January 8th, 2008 at 12:50 PM.

I like this poem. what im felling is that the author is feeling low and he
or she feels as if they are poor and worthless. This poem has the poetry
terms assonance and imagery in it which helped me invision the author going
through those types of problems

Antonio moore from United States

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