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Analysis and comments on The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes

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Comment 27 of 167, added on April 22nd, 2007 at 5:10 PM.

hey. i have a school report to write and i just wanted to know the
connection between "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes and
"Much Madness Is Divinest Sense" by Emily Dickinson.

Melanie from United States
Comment 26 of 167, added on March 28th, 2007 at 10:27 AM.

wow! what a beautiful poem...just wants to make me smile!! it also touches
the heart

Haylee from United States
Comment 25 of 167, added on February 27th, 2007 at 5:19 AM.

The poem holds a lot in its simplified lines which is perhaps open only for
rumination and not layman interpretation.

Ankit Tejpal from India
Comment 24 of 167, added on July 31st, 2006 at 1:01 PM.

I love this poem.Ive read it many times and i suddeenly realize maybe why
Hughes used a river to express his ideas .There are many rivers with
different names and they are located all around the world. However, they
all dump into the ocean becoming one, so that they are no longer seperate
but together.I know this poems is about African Americans struggle through
time and their journey.But I also feel Hughes is urging us to come together
just as rivers do.We may be different colors, and come from diff.
backgrounds but at the core we are all the same.

Lauren from United States
Comment 23 of 167, added on April 29th, 2006 at 11:04 AM.

reading this peom made me cry because it is so deep and very inspiring it
is the best poem eva. LOVE IT !!

nabilah from United States
Comment 22 of 167, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 11:55 AM.

I think that Hughes is thrying to say that African Americans have been here
for along time they were not made yesterday. Because this poem was written
buring the Harlem Renaissance and prior to that people thought all black s
were stupit and this peom is saying we are brilliant that blacks are smart.
Thats why Hughes talks about the pyramids and the Nile river in Africa
because those were some of the greatest societeis ever

Henry Grant from United States
Comment 21 of 167, added on March 11th, 2006 at 10:44 PM.

I have a comment to add...
I have to agree with others that this poem covers the history of the black
culture. But, the two lines "I looked upon the Nile" and "I heard the
singing of the Mississippi" are both seeming to refer to similar events. in
both situations, they were slaves, dark skinned property, and they were
brought to freedom by people not of their kind. Moses brought the Egyptian
slaves to freedom, and Abraham Lincoln brought the American slaves to
freedom. in both cases there was a struggle for some years afterward....the
two lines "I bathed in the Euphrates" and "I built my hut near the Congo"
are both seemingly talking about freedom...let me know what ya'll think
about this (obviously i'm from texas!)

Robert from United States
Comment 20 of 167, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 1:58 PM.

according to lanston hughes himself on POETS.ORG, the background of the
poem is The poem was written in 1920, just after Hughes came out of high
school. He was going to Mexico to visit his father who lived in Mexico City
and in the train on the way there, he looked out the window and saw the
Mississippi River, just outside of St. Louis. He saw a big muddy river
flowing down to the south and thought about its importance to the African
American people and how their history was linked to the river. During
slavery times, being sold down the Mississippi River was one of the worst
things that could happen to you as a slave. Also, Abraham Lincoln once
sailed down the Mississippi and was so horrified when he saw the buying and
selling of slaves that he never forgot it. He later went on to be the one
that signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As the train slowly passed the
river, Langston Hughes wrote this poem.

hope this helps,,, used this on my report

Comment 19 of 167, added on February 14th, 2006 at 7:13 PM.

This is a very deep poem. One of the best written views of feels and
accomplishments. I also write poetry, but my stuff is nothing in
conparasion with Langston Huges. He is truely a prolific writer.

Sara from United States
Comment 18 of 167, added on February 11th, 2006 at 1:27 AM.

I love this poem because it expresses how black people have been near these
famous rivers and how black people can do things white people cant!

Imanie from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
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