Fire, Additional Subthemes

Subthemes: Mythology, Records, Expressions

The subthemes of Fire discussed above came to mind from a poem on aging and the embers of love, a painting with an industrial smokestack, a burning, passionate plea for lovemaking, and a movie about a skyscraper ravaged by fire. Here are more subthemes that don’t link so directly to any of the four works of art.

Fire, from "Light My Fire," a song by The Doors

Subthemes: Chemistry, Rust from Oxidation, Harm

In early 1967, “Light My Fire,” sung by The Doors, flared onto the rock scene. The sexual allusions blaze out. Metaphorically, fire flickers with excitement and danger, as do erotic liaisons. Have a listen. What else can we associate to this song about Fire?

Fire, from "The Flood. Banks of the Seine, Bougival," a painting by Alfred Sisley

Subthemes: Industry, Pottery and Bricks, Insurance, Nature's Matches

Alfred Sisley’s painting, “The Flood. Banks of the Seine, Bougival” incongruously (and probably unintentionally) pictures too much water in the front against a background of billowing smoke from an industrial chimney. Fire and water, classic opposites, contrasted on one canvas. Other subthemes of uses of Fire can be elicited.

Fire, from "The Towering Inferno," a film with Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire and Faye Dunaway

Subthemes: Government Regulations, Firefighters, Infamous Urban Conflagrations

“The Towering Inferno” tracks a fire that ravaged a massive skyscraper on the night of its gala opening. Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, and a litany of other actors struggle to respond to a modest smolder from shoddy wiring that spread dramatically to engulf much of the brand-new building and threatened to kill the celebrants. Here is a clip from the movie. Let’s tease out other themes of Fire.

Fire, from "When You Are Old," a poem by William Butler Yeats

Subthemes: Home Heating and Lighting, Cooking, Fuels, Astronomical Heat

“When You Are Old,” by William Butler Yeats, serenely and poignantly evokes how old age banks the fires of life. With sadness, suggesting a long-ago widowhood, it refers to how Love fled, but the lines of the poem have blown gently on the embers of remembered admiration and love. The glow has greyed, but the feelings have not been completely extinguished. A few other subthemes of Fire arise.