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Life is Fine Poem
Transcript of Life is Fine Poem
Lindsey Gehman Paraphrase Poetic Devices Imagery: Life Is Fine Stanza(1 & 2): He went down to the river and jumped in but it was too cold too sink.
Stanza(3 & 4): Since the water was too cold, he went to the the highest floor and was about to jump but he could have died.
Stanza(5 & 6): There is a shift were he realizes that it's not worth dying for love. He realizes that life is perfectly fine and he wasn't going to die for her. Langston Hughes Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. Carrie Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes were his parents. Langston Hughes was the most known figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes wrote his first book in 1926 and has written numerous amounts of poetry. Hughes died on May 22, 1967. Rhyme Scheme: "I set down on the BANK
So I jumped in and SANK
I stood there and I CRIED
I might've jumped and DIED"
The rhyme scheme helps the reader realize that Hughes makes the poem convey a humorous tone but its about a dark topic. "I went down to the river.
I took the elevator Sixteen floors above the ground."
You can visualize him going to the river; and then standing on top of the building about to jump. Simile: "Life is Fine! Fine as wine!"
Hughes is comparing life to wine because life is sweet and intoxicating. This is a shift from his suicidal thoughts in the beginning of the poem. "Life is Fine" "I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.
I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died
But it was Cold in the water! It was cold!
I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.
I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.
But it was High up there! It was so high!
So since I'm still here livin'
I guess I will live on.
i could've died for love--
But for livin' i was born
Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.
Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!