Negro Speaks of rivers

Negro Speaks of rivers

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  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers
  • By Langston Hughes
  • "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hug hes, is a poem about the past experiences of African Americans. The poem doesn't talk about one African american or Langston Hughes. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" talks about all African Americans. One thing that is mentioned frequently are rivers. From the title to the end of the poem, the word "rivers" is everywhere. Nevertheless, This word is extremely important to the poem. Metaphorically speaking rivers in this poem symbolize, or represent struggles. For instance, in the beginning of the poem, it states, "I've known rivers". This shows that African Americans have known struggles just as well as rivers.
  • I believe that the poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes is about the history of African Americans. This is because in the poem things like struggles and slavery towards African American people are everywhere from rivers to building pyramids for the Egyptians. The message in "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is quite similar. The message in the poem is that African Americans have experience many struggles in the past, like slavery.
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  • Repetition "My soul has grown deep like the rivers." This quote adds meaning to the poem br emphasizing that the souls of African Americans have experienced many sad things in life.
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