The Poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes Essay

I think that this poem is an effective one since the author was able to put a profound meaning in just ten lines. This poem is a metaphor for both Hughes’ life and the life of Black people in general. The author speaks for all African Americans and their ancestors who lived hundreds and thousands of years before. The poem describes their deep soul and path from their origins. Hughes implies Black people witnessed humanity’s outstanding achievements such as the Great Pyramids and decays such as slavery. Thousands of years of life and a path that flows like a river.

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