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Life Is Fine Analysis



Author: poem of Langston Hughes Type: poem Views: 73


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 that 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 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!

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I am Alfriel Daylaghetto,
A very important peice.
Shall be here,
Cause my life has increased.
Poems I make,
Poems I tear.
I will put it in a maze.
Or tie it to a chair.
Poems are great,
And poems are rubbish.
But life must go on.
Alfriel Daylaghetto

| Posted on 2014-12-06 | by a guest


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I am Alfriel Daylaghetto,
A very important peice.
Shall be here,
Cause my life has increased.
Poems I make,
Poems I tear.
I will put it in a maze.
Or tie it to a chair.
Poems are great,
And poems are rubbish.
But life must go on.
Alfriel Daylaghetto

| Posted on 2014-12-06 | by a guest


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When i wake up in the morning love,
And the sunlight herts my eyes.
Theres something heavy on my mind.
Then I look at you,
And the world's alright with me.
Just one look at you,
And I know it's gonna be,
A lovely day!
Lovely day!, lovely day!, lovely day!, l-o-v-e-l-y
d-a-y!
Lovely Day By: Alfriel Daylaghetto

| Posted on 2014-12-06 | by a guest


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When i wake up in the morning love,
And the sunlight herts my eyes.
Theres something heavy on my mind.
Then I look at you,
And the world's alright with me.
Just one look at you,
And I know it's gonna be,
A lovely day!
Lovely day!, lovely day!, lovely day!, l-o-v-e-l-y
d-a-y!
Lovely Day By: Alfriel Daylaghetto

| Posted on 2014-12-06 | by a guest


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Why you gotta be too cool for Illinois? Haha...you know the Meetup group disbanded. Sad times...I found a new one thgrouh RWA, but it doesn't have the same geekyness that I yearn for by sitting next to the comics... x x

| Posted on 2013-11-16 | by a guest


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He Writes Poems by the Seashore I'm watching the birds for finsAnd the clduos for making waves,I already know that they suggestA presence of foam or brine,The wet blue below meAnd the dry blue aboveAre identical twins bound togetherIn my field of vision,The loss of sunlight will only makeThis reversal of poles, worse,When night comes, the starsWill be the tips of so many anglersTrying to lure me into new depths.

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest


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I like this poem as it references a lot of thgins I have thought about and do think about. I like the simplicity in that it doesn't take massive change and huge achievements to feel good in January. Just brightening someones morning is enough. Some genuine human interaction. And you never know what it may lead to What with the stressy nature of the tube in the morning, everyone rushing and moaning, it's great to see people that have a smile on their face and don't let it get to them.My first thoughts are to create a nice infographic-y style similar to my showreel work. But I may try an illustartive approach. I'll see where it takes me! x x

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest


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I listened to this at work and kept finnidg myself literally startled out of my seat when he would yell. It was a good piece and made a good point. I did laugh when he mentioned how the library may be the only place in the school big enough to house the meeting but it is also the only place that, oh, has BOOKS?! I hope you don't have to deal with bureaucratic nonsense this intense on a daily basis .

| Posted on 2013-11-11 | by a guest


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We so enjoyed last nithgs' Crushpad dinner! The Ivy Wild selections were delicious and so were all the wines you had for us to try! For our glass of wine, four of us chose 4 different wines and then chose the syrah for dinner! Excellent! The music was soft and nice for dinner conversations, but the real entertainment was watching Maria and her helicopter service to you and the cherries! That was amazing to watch. We used helicopters for our Christmas tree harvest years ago and the name of the game for that was speed! For cherry tree operations, it is just the opposite! Do hope that worked for you last night! Thank you for a great evening, and we look forward to joining you again for another Crushpad dinner event!

| Posted on 2013-11-10 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2012-03-01 | by a guest


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fEB: 26 2011
in the first part about the river
he meant about falling in love
but he said it was cold
he meant by tht ,tht maybe his lover's heart was cold and he couldnt take her.
then in the elevator part
he was trying to think deeply but couldnt
he was thinking about his lover breaking his heart,but then an idea came to him of killing himself
he stood there on top of the building,but it was too high
and then he started to cry
but then he realizes life is worth living and since he finds out tht he survived tht life will go on.and despite wht his lover did to him
he still loves her and when he ment ill be dogged sweet baby if you gonna see me die
he ment i dont want you to see me die
and in life is fine!,fine as wine!,life is fine!
like wine is a delacacy with a great taste we dont want to let go
and like life you can only have it once so he says dont let go to life

| Posted on 2011-02-26 | by a guest


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I think this poem is explaining that no matter what troubles you may face in life, your life is still worth living. I actually came to the conclusion that this poem may be payback to his lover saying that she is not worth his giving up his life and that he will not give her that satisfaction. This poem is my favorite.

| Posted on 2011-02-09 | by a guest


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I could\'ve died for love--
But for livin\' I was born.
what does this line mean?

| Posted on 2011-02-02 | by a guest


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This poem is about the narrator going through life and goes through trouble and contemplates suicide. He tries to drown himself in the river, then he goes to jump off a building but it was so high. He also realized the harm it would do to his baby. So he decides to not kill himself.

| Posted on 2010-11-04 | by a guest


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ok well heres what i think
in the first part about the river
he meant about falling in love
but he said it was cold
he meant by tht ,tht maybe his lover\'s heart was cold and he couldnt take her.
then in the elevator part
he was trying to think deeply but couldnt
he was thinking about his lover breaking his heart,but then an idea came to him of killing himself
he stood there on top of the building,but it was too high
and then he started to cry
but then he realizes life is worth living and since he finds out tht he survived tht life will go on.and despite wht his lover did to him
he still loves her and when he ment ill be dogged sweet baby if you gonna see me die
he ment i dont want you to see me die
and in life is fine!,fine as wine!,life is fine!
like wine is a delacacy with a great taste we dont want to let go
and like life you can only have it once so he says dont let go to life

| Posted on 2010-10-13 | by a guest


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i think that when the speaker says that the water was too cold that he means that dying like that was too overwhelming for him and that death was too over powering

| Posted on 2010-09-02 | by a guest


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I can almost visualise the narrator as he\'s going through his life experiences. For me, that is the treat of reading this poem. I feel like the narration is very literal, with its message very clear at the end. Life IS fine, indeed!!!

| Posted on 2010-08-24 | by a guest


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In this poem I learned that no matter how many hardships we face in life, in the end suicide isn't the solution. The last line, "Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!" is a simile where it compares life to a delicacy like wine.

| Posted on 2010-06-27 | by a guest


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One of my students thought the poem may be about pre-natal depression because of the baby that keeps being mentioned???

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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YO DUDE THIS POEM is SO KICKZ ASS...IT ROCKZ MY SOCKZ..AND THE DUDE THAT Posted on 2010-05-24 >> U GUYS CAN FREAK MY BALLS

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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The meaning I extracted from this poem is that no matter how much you want to die, underneath it all you really want to live, so you want something to stop you because everyone wants to live.

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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the stanza where he takes an elevator to the top and when he says he thinks about his baby, i think he means his girlfriend or wife, and that she just dumped him, so it makes him want to commit suicide

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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I think the poet had a bad day and decided to write this poem

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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This poem cries of pain and confusion. While this man try to commit suicide twice, he cannot. His own realization of how fine life is... "Life is fine! Fine as wine!" saves his otherwise unfortunate fate.

| Posted on 2010-05-16 | by a guest


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idk what this poem is about but arriva las chivas cabrones

| Posted on 2010-03-11 | by a guest


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I think it is that the same things that we hate about life are the same things we live for
The first stanza, it could be said that he has writer's block. I don't think he was being so literal but for the sake of this discussion I'll go with that. His writer's block was killing him and he even thought it was the end of the world but when faced with the actual end of life, he chose differently - and we all usually do.
In the second, his thoughts were on love and probably the pain of heartbreak. The end result is the same in that he/we consider this lifeshattering but other things can be so much worse.
Perhaps it's the height of a building compared to the height of another person's troubles but overall the poem says that despite it all, LIFE IS FINE
....angellique

| Posted on 2010-03-09 | by a guest


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The meaning I extracted from this poem is that no matter how much you want to die, underneath it all you really want to live, so you want something to stop you because everyone wants to live.

| Posted on 2010-03-07 | by a guest


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willo willo du du du du, willo willo du du du du, willo willo du du du du du du do do do do du du du du du

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest


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when reading the poem i believe it can be interpreted in a variety of ways but i think the strongest is that no matter how much you think you want to die underneath it all you really want to live, you really want someone or something to stop you because everyone wants to live.

| Posted on 2010-02-09 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about life being bad but he wanted to keep living.I think this is similar or remenisente to the article in the Declaration of Independence that argued against slavery but still it was practiced by the writer and editors (our founding fathers).you want a certain thing but you're having a hard time trying to pull through the hipocricy. He wants to let go but he still wants to hang on.

| Posted on 2010-01-26 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about life being bad but he wanted to keep living.I think this is similar or remenisente to the article in the Declaration of Independence that argued against slavery but still it was practiced by the writer and editors (our founding fathers).you want a certain thing but you're having a hard time trying to pull through the hipocricy. He wants to let go but he still wants to hang on.

| Posted on 2010-01-26 | by a guest


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I think this poem can be about any body, like a man or a woman, meaning in my opinion i feel this poem is about a pregnant girl that is afraid of having the baby so she trys to kill herself, but realizes that isnt the answer.

| Posted on 2009-10-17 | by a guest


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was wondering what kind of stylistic devise Hughes uses in his poem life is fine

| Posted on 2009-10-15 | by a guest


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It's about someone who got ditched and tries to suicide now. But because he can't endure the pain of dying he gives up dying. Life is fine is very sarcastic: "If I can't die, I have no other choise but to live and to pretend that it is fine like wine"

| Posted on 2009-08-26 | by a guest


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i think if u want to kill urself excuses like "it was high" is something someone wud say if they didnt completely want to kill them self i mean after all u dont fear much when ur dead

| Posted on 2009-07-22 | by a guest


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We can see through this poem a strength of willingness of living. The character in the poem wants to commit suicide but in vain. Is it because of the cold river and the height of the building? I thought that when someone wants to jump down, they would choose the highest building to do it. When someone has already wanted to die, it's no matter how other things around happen for that person wants only to die. But in this poem of Langston Hughes, the character is still aware of cold and height which means in his or her innermost, there is a still a thirst for life. Also, why is the title of the poem "Life is fine"? In my opinion, life is fine. It has all the miseries to pull us down but as we want to give up, it gives us power to stand up again. Everything life has been giving to us is given for a reason. And as we live more, face it more, we understand failure and success, life and death... And we will agree that life is not good or bad but "fine". And we live on.

| Posted on 2009-06-17 | by a guest


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langston hughes was trying to explain to the readers that in life we may go through many problems and sometimes to make them go away we go to drastic measures BUT just like the person in this poem we realize that we have much more to live for than we thought.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


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Can somebody make a list of the literary elements in this poem...

| Posted on 2009-02-11 | by a guest


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Hi guys, I'm writing exam about "life is fine" tomorrow... The speaker's life isn't really fine because he wants to drown himself, but his spirit is strong. His unhappiness is possibly caused by a love that has left him.
The purpose of the italic refrain is that is highlights why he didn't commit suicide.
And the simile "life is fine/ fine like wine" emphasises that he's drinking away his sorrow, and also that he wanted to drown himself.

| Posted on 2008-11-12 | by a guest


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Hi guys, I'm writing exam about "life is fine" tomorrow... The speaker's life isn't really fine because he wants to drown himself, but his spirit is strong. His unhappiness is possibly caused by a love that has left him.
The purpose of the italic refrain is that is highlights why he didn't commit suicide.
And the simile "life is fine/ fine like wine" emphasises that he's drinking away his sorrow, and also that he wanted to drown himself.

| Posted on 2008-11-12 | by a guest




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