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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 - 14,149 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
  19. 19. On The Pulse Of Morning , Maya Angelou
  20. 20. A Miracle For Breakfast , Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. Evangeline: A Tale Of Acadie , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  22. 22. Poem In Praise Of Menstruation , Lucille Clifton
  23. 23. A Musical Instrument , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  24. 24. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  25. 25. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry , Walt Whitman
  26. 26. At Pleasure Bay , Robert Pinsky
  27. 27. Thames! Beautiful Thames! , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  28. 28. Koening Of The River , Derek Walcott
  29. 29. The Iliad: Book 2 , Homer
  30. 30. Contrasts Between Life On Land And Life .. , Alter Ego
  31. 31. At The Rivers Edge , Heather Burns
  32. 32. Hiawatha's Sailing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  33. 33. The Secret Of Light , James Arlington Wright
  34. 34. This River , Edward Kofi Louis
  35. 35. The River That Never Runs Dry , Meggie Gultiano
  36. 36. The Story Of A River! , veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  37. 37. Y.... River Meets Desert , Aufie Zophy
  38. 38. Ford O' Kabul River , Rudyard Kipling
  39. 39. River Niger , Edward Kofi Louis
  40. 40. Quiet Flows A Small River , M.D Dinesh Nair
  41. 41. The Loving Shepherdess , Robinson Jeffers
  42. 42. River Moons , Carl Sandburg
  43. 43. Misty River , Aldo Kraas
  44. 44. Moon Shining Over The London Bridge , Aldo Kraas
  45. 45. River River River , gajanan mishra
  46. 46. River Of Sorrow , Samantha Guinen
  47. 47. The Ballad Of The Black Fox Skin , Robert William Service
  48. 48. Forget-Me-Not , William Topaz McGonagall
  49. 49. River Lilies , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. 50. Down In The Deep Water.. , DEEP DARK SOUL POET
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