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The 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 The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes

  • Gold Star - 14,295 Points Seema Jayaraman (9/29/2015 8:39:00 PM)

    I especially liked the lines I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
    flow of human blood in human veins. makes me reflect on how ancient life and life's challenges are..it inspires me to write on the rivers I have touched in my life. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 1 Points Kelly Kelley (1/13/2014 7:29:00 PM)

    My history teacher read this poem to the class when we were learning about to roaring 20's and the Harlem Renaissance, & it was so powerful, it made me think about what blacks had to do to get to where they are today! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William Schulte (1/31/2013 1:32:00 AM)

    I passed by the Langston Hughes center in Seattle but this poem made it special. (Report) Reply

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Poems About River

  1. 1. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers , Langston Hughes
  2. 2. Two Rivers , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. 3. The River's Tale , Rudyard Kipling
  4. 4. To The River Charles , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. 5. Low-Anchored Cloud , Henry David Thoreau
  6. 6. To The River Yvette. (Birds Of Passage. .. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. 7. The River , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. To The River Rhone , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. 9. The Man From Snowy River , Banjo Paterson
  10. 10. The Mississippi River , Sarah Josepha Buell Hale
  11. 11. The River Of Life , Thomas Campbell
  12. 12. Resumé , Dorothy Parker
  13. 13. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  14. 14. The River Of Rivers In Connecticut , Wallace Stevens
  15. 15. The River-Captain’s Wife – A Letter , Li Po
  16. 16. The River-Merchant's Wife , Li Po
  17. 17. Birmingham River , Roy Fisher
  18. 18. Reproductive Invariance , Denise Low
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