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The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Illustrated and Singable Poem

Posted on: July 16, 2016

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negro speaks of rivers
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Poem by Langston Hughes
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Music by Various Composers

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THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS
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.

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About the poem, here:
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/negro-speaks-rivers

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The poem and related content (including bio of Langston Hughes), here:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44428#about

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An informative essay about how the poem came to be written and why it matters:
http://www.shmoop.com/negro-speaks-of-rivers/

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Musical Setting by Margaret Bond

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Musical Setting by Margaret Bond

 

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