Negro Speaks Of Rivers

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.

by Langston Hughes

Comments (9)

yyeeaahh, great poem? i think it's gone to far.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers. A well chosen image of comparison. Great poem! Sylva-Onyema Uba
we all lived by a river, the river of life
poet Langston Hughes #6 on top 500 poets Poet's PagePoemsQuotesCommentsStatsE-BooksBiographyVideosShare on FacebookShare on Twitter Poems by Langston Hughes: 63 / 103 « prev. poem next poem » Negro Speaks Of Rivers - Poem by Langston Hughes Autoplay next video I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins This poem is one of the best of Hughes poems and one of the best of its time. Philosophy is intermingled with geography, history and sociology. Human anatomy with arts all together in one bunch. the words are simply chosen to serve the idea of freedom and human emancipation from both factors of time and place. It is the freedom of the soul and mind.
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