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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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Rookie Elena Alley (1/20/2009 11:55:00 PM)

    I think this poem says it all. It eludes to the beginning of time, the trials, and now. It captures the cohesion we all have now regardless of race. 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' has always been my favorite poem. I Just Love it! ! ! ! BTW, I am Navajo/Hispanic, but I heard it for the first time in college, that is when I fell in love with it. I hope you love it like I do! (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
  19. 19. On The Pulse Of Morning , Maya Angelou
  20. 20. A Miracle For Breakfast , Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. Poem In Praise Of Menstruation , Lucille Clifton
  22. 22. Evangeline: A Tale Of Acadie , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  23. 23. A Musical Instrument , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  24. 24. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry , Walt Whitman
  25. 25. Koening Of The River , Derek Walcott
  26. 26. At Pleasure Bay , Robert Pinsky
  27. 27. Hiawatha's Sailing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  28. 28. Air Of Diabelli's , Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. 29. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  30. 30. Ford O' Kabul River , Rudyard Kipling
  31. 31. A River Flows , Lonnie Hicks
  32. 32. Lara , George Gordon Byron
  33. 33. The River That Never Runs Dry , Meggie Gultiano
  34. 34. The Iliad: Book 2 , Homer
  35. 35. Leudeman's-On-The-River , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  36. 36. Battle Of Red Cliff , Su Tung-po
  37. 37. River Lilies , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  38. 38. ' The River Of Blood , Marria Attar
  39. 39. At The River , Robert Wadsworth Lowry
  40. 40. *the Memory River* , Dwi utami
  41. 41. The Iliad: Book 21 , Homer
  42. 42. Not About This , Michael Gessner
  43. 43. Beautiful River , Robert Wadsworth Lowry
  44. 44. Spring On The River , Archibald Lampman
  45. 45. Forget-Me-Not , William Topaz McGonagall
  46. 46. The Sea Is Very Big , Ahsan Habib
  47. 47. The Road That Runs Beside The River , Thomas Lux
  48. 48. No End Of No-Story , George MacDonald
  49. 49. The Klondike , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  50. 50. The River That Flows On And On , Meriam Joseph
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