Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

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The Negro Speaks Of Rivers Langston Hughes was the most versatile, well-known, and influential African American writer of the twentieth century.“The Negro Speaks Of Rivers” by Langston Hughes is a genuinely powerful poem of his even though it may be brief. Hughes wrote this brief poem in fifteen minutes in July, 1920, while crossing the Mississippi on a train ride to visit his father in Mexico. The poem connects four great rivers in the Middle East, Africa, and America. His purpose was to show the movement of the Negro through time. One of the hallmarks of his poetry is the ability of writing a small, brief poem and still have multiple meanings behind it. It wasn 't always what hughes has written for us in his poetry, but what we take away from the poem. In such a cases, Hughes’ work is filled with meaning both for the poet and the reader. It must be first said that the poem follows no rhyme scheme or proper stanzas. Yet this does not in anyway detract from the poems effectiveness. Indeed, reliance on rhyme can often be a need for poets. Instead, Hughes allows the imagery to convey his message. “The Negro”…show more content…
Hughes wrote this brief poem in fifteen minutes in July, 1920, while crossing the Mississippi on a train ride to visit his father in Mexico. The poem connects four great rivers in the Middle East, Africa, and America. His purpose was to show the movement of the Negro through time. One of the hallmarks of his poetry is the ability of writing a small, brief poem and still have multiple meanings behind it. It wasn 't always what hughes has written for us in his poetry, but what we take away from the poem. In such a cases, Hughes’ work is filled with meaning both for the poet and the
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