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Poem Title:  Negro Speaks Of Rivers

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  Langston Hughes

Poet Biography: 
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), was a Black American Poet who initially studied engineering but found his true vocation in life whilst at University. For a fuller biography



Poem: 
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human rivers
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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