An Analysis Of Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

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One part of “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes that interests me is “I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins” (Lines 2-3). In this line there is a simile, metaphor, tone, and a universal truth. A simile is a comparison of one thing with another thing using like or as. In this line Hughes utilizes a simile by comparing accent rivers with the age of the world. I think Hughes compared the ancient rivers to the age of the world to show how deep and old his African roots are. Rivers are old and carved into the world. Also, like the rivers, the world is old. So by comparing these two a reader can feel that the rivers show the history and wisdom of the African people.
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