Allusion In Harlem And The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

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Langston Hughes poems “Harlem” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” are two poems that have a deeper meaning than a reader may notice. Hughes 's poem “Harlem” incorporates the use of similes to make a reader focus on the point Hughes is trying to make. In “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Hughes shows how close he was to the rivers on a personal level. With those two main focuses highlighted throughout each poem, it creates an intriguing idea for a reader to comprehend. In these particular poems, Hughes’s use of an allusion, imagery, and symbolism in each poem paints a clear picture of what Hughes wants a reader to realize. Langston Hughes uses two allusions in his poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” The first allusion comes from lines five and six. These lines state, “I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the congo and it lulled me to sleep”(CITE STORY). The text in line five alludes to when the speaker was very young and lived by the Euphrates. In line six, the speaker says he has built his hut near the congo which alludes to the history that is associated with many African Americans from Africa. These rivers played important roles in an African American’s life, especially if an African American was caught up in the slave trade. The way a reader can infer that the speaker is talking about slavery comes from line seven. This line states, “I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it” (CITE STORY). This shows that the speaker is indeed

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