2. The poem “Life Is Fine” was published in 1949
– Langston Hughes died on May 22, 1967 at the age of 65 years old. He died in New York City after a surgery that was for his cancer.
– Langston Hughes was the leading figure of Harlem Renaissance. It was an African American cultural, social, and artistic movement in New York City
– Langston Hughes grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. At the age of seventeen, he wrote his famous poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
Upon reading Langston Hughes’s poem, it is extremely easy to relate his words and themes. If I had a privilege of meeting Langston Hughes’s, I would ask, “What made you want to write poems?” and “How did you became the leading figure of Harlem Renaissance?”
– Number of words – 165
– Number of lines – 27
– Number of stanzas – 9
The poem “Life is Fine” represents a man who is clearly suffering and considering suicide but is able to see the beauty in life and turn back his life.
The poem “Life is Fine” by Langston Hughes is a poem that expresses a story of a man with the ability to remain optimistic in the face of despair after losing his loved one. The speaker goes to the river to think but he is unable to do so. He thinks about drowning himself and committing suicide. The cold temperature of the water is what changed his mind from killing himself. In the first stanza, the speaker describes how cold the water is and is jumping from the water repeatedly. The speaker tells the readers why he was thinking about committing suicide and it was because he was thinking about his baby. He takes an elevator to the sixteen floor and is thinking about his “baby” and how said he is. He was thinking about jumping down but as soon as he seen how high it was, he decided not to. The speaker uses the height of the building as a reason to not commit suicide. In the fifth stanza the speaker has changed his mind and thinks more. He allows his suicide thoughts to go away because he might as well remain living as he’s already alive. The speaker seems to be fine and not suicidal as he says, “Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!”
The theme of the poem “Life is Fine” is being able to keep going in life when times are rough. Throughout all the struggles in life just keep pushing forward. There will be a lot of up and downs, but you’re end result will be amazing. To become successfully, you will have to overcome all these difficult times. If you are successful, life will be really amazing and in the poet’s words, “Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!” (27)
In this poem, Langston Hughes gives a mood of depression and realization.
In this poem, is a narrative poem. I know that the poem is a narrative poem because it tells a story and the entire story is usually written in metered verse like this poem “Life is Fine”
Is selected the poem “Life is Fine”, as it presents a very deep message about life and never giving up whether you’re in a good or difficult time. The perspective of this poem is telling readers to not give up when you’re in difficult times and ones you get through those difficult times, your life will be an amazing outcome. Suicide rates are so high, and it is important for young teens, especially my young teens to have something to relate to and express their selves.
This poem reminds me of the movie called “Suicide Room” starring Jakub Gierszal, Roma Gasiorowska, and Agata Kulesza. This reminds me on this movie because the character Dominik refused to go to school and stops preparing for final exams. He ends up failing into depression and hides himself in his room. Well being in his room, he meets a suicidal girl on the internet and end up making a emotional bond.
The passage that is confusing is “Though you may hear me holler, And you may see me cry— I’ll be dogged, sweet baby, If you gonna see me die.” (23-26)
– Hollered – To yell or shout
– Dogged – Having or showing tenacity and grim persistence.
– Bank – The land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake.
15. Literary Devices
– Rhyme Scheme – ABCB
– Meter – Lambic Tetrameter
– Alliteration – “If it” and “So since ”
– Repetition – “But it was Cold in the water! It was cold!” (9)
“I stood there and I hollered! I stood there and I cried!” (14-15)
“But it was High up there! It was high!” (18) “Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!” (27)
-Imagery – “It was cold in that water” (9)
“I stood there and I cried” (15)
“Though you may hear me holler,” (23)
“if you gonna see me die” (26)
– Personification – “I’ll be dogged sweet baby” (25)
– Parallel Structure – None
– Hyperbole – None
– Allusions – “Fine as wine” (27)
– Enjambment – “And thought I would jump down (13)
“And you may see me cry” (22)
“But for livin’ I was born” (24)
– Onomatopoeia – “livin” “gonna ”
– Simile – “Fine as wine” (27)
– Metaphor – None
– Irony – None
– Oxymoron – None
– Paradox – “I could’ve died for love–But for livin’ I was born” (21-22)
– Understatement – None
– Refrain – None
– Symbolism – “I stood there and I hollered!” (14)
“And you may see me cry –” (24)
There are many literary devices that are very important in this poem to make it so interesting. A few key literacy devices in this poem are repetition, imagery, and alliteration. Each one of these literacy devices has an impact on the poem. To start off with, Repetition gives the poem an emphasis that comes naturally with it. At the end of the poem, it says, “Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!”. This represents the joy of life after you have gone through a hard time but now life is amazing. The next literacy device imagery which refers to a “mental picture” that readers experience when reading literature. In the poem, it says, “It was cold in that water” “I stood there and I cried”. These are very good examples of imagery. Both lines you can mental picture what is going on. Lastly, the literacy device alliteration gives the poem a way of adding emphasis only in a different way. After describing the near-death experiences, the poet says, “So since I’m still here livin” to put a positive feeling on his life.
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– Anirudh. “Langston Hughes | 10 Facts On The African American Writer.” Learnodo Newtonic, 11 May 2016, learnodo-newtonic.com/langston-hughes-facts.
The literacy criticism theory most suitable to analyze the poem “Life is Fine” by Langston Hughes would be the literary criticism of psychoanalytic. I feel like this best suit this poem because many of the elements of both of the theory and poem have relatable characteristic. Psychological criticism is the work of literature as an expression of the personality, state of mind, and feelings. The conscious mind is in play over here, but as the poem continues it shows that it was in fact that the unconscious state of mind had made the decision. The speaker goes to the river to think but he is not able to think so he thinks about drowning himself and committing suicide. However, due to the freezing temperature he couldn’t attempt to focus, this is when he says, “I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn’t.” As he couldn`t think straight and went into anger, he unconsciously dived into the water, “So I jumped in and sank.” He describes how cold the water is and it seems like he is painting an image of himself jumping into the water. In the second stanza, he says, “”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.” This is when the speaker realizes that he made his decision out of no where and is in fear of his death with the freezing water made him not do it. In the fourth stanza, he says, “I took the elevator. Sixteen floors above the ground. I thought about my baby. And thought I would jump down.” The speaker clarifies why he is thinking about committing suicide by referencing “my baby” in the third line. He takes the elevator up sixteen floors and thinks about how sad he is without his “baby.” In the fifth stanza, he says, “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.” The speaker is not thinking straight when he says everything and has an idea to lose his life. In the last stanza, he says, “Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!” The individual at the end comes to face with reality; he recognizes the value of life.