The Negro Speaks of Rivers | Study Guide

Langston Hughes

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Speaker y soul has grown deep like the rivers. Sources:, The Life of Langston Hughes by Arnold Rampersad, When Harlem Was in Vogue by David Levering Lewis Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Harlem Renaissance This artistic and literary movement celebrated black experiences. Great Migration Starting around 1916, millions of black people left the South. Discrimination Discriminatory laws kept black people from living freely. Context Represents the celebration of emancipation Mississippi River Suggests human accomplishment Nile River Symbolizes the origins of black peoples Congo River Represents the spiritual origins of humanity Euphrates River Symbolic Rivers Hughes was born into a prominent African American family and learned early on the importance of standing up for himself. As a leading voice of the Harlem Renaissance, he encouraged African Americans to appreciate their unique view of the world, as demonstrated in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” LANGSTON HUGHES1902–67 Author Black people are at the heart of civilization, connected to everyone else. Interconnectedness of All Souls Hughes uses ordinary speech and rhythms from spirituals in his poems. Nature of Black Speech Rivers are older than the blood in human veins. Rivers & the Bloodstream In a brief poem Hughes reminds the world of the role black people have played in major civilizations throughout history. His message celebrates our common humanity, encouraging readers to appreciate different cultures and to show respect for unique perspectives. Black History through Poetry THEMES English Original Language 1921 Year Published Langston Hughes Author The Negro Speaks of Rivers History Poetry

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