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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 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!


兰斯顿·休斯 Langston Hughes(1902—1967)主要以诗歌著称,被誉为“黑人民族的桂冠诗人”。他写过小说、戏剧、散文、历史、传记等各种文体的作品,还把西班牙文和法文的诗歌翻译成英文,甚至编辑过其他黑人作家的文选,但他主要以诗歌著称。休斯一生的文学活动都是同他所处的时代的美国黑人运动紧密相连,同广大黑人的命运息息相关。休斯的创作真实而深刻地反映了美国黑人的社会生活,倾诉了他们的苦难与辛酸、欢乐与希望,以及对自由、民主的追求与渴望...[兰斯顿·休斯的诗歌]


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