Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Negro Speaks Of Rivers - Poem by Langston Hughes

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Comments about Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes

  • Rookie - 19 Points Simone Callender-lindo (4/29/2013 4:48:00 PM)

    This poem is so deep, soulful and full of meaning. Langston Hughes is simply a great wordsmith. I truly enjoy reading all his poems. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Mel Vincent Basconcillo (4/19/2009 2:57:00 AM)

    he is truly amazing and magnificent (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nandkumar Variar (5/12/2006 2:38:00 AM)

    Please listen to the audio clip on in the poet's own voice. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, July 18, 2011

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