Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

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.
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Comments about The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes

  • 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 inspires me to write on the rivers I have touched in my life.
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  • (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

  • (1/31/2013 1:32:00 AM)

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

  • (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

  • (12/13/2007 9:42:00 PM)

    this poem says alot about those he came across and learn from, it's very deep (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2005 3:22:00 PM)

    no words for this poem. It's simply beautiful (Report) Reply

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