Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's ' The Negros Speaks Of Rivers '

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In 1902, Langston Hughes was born to an African American woman and a bi-racial man, who had later abandoned them and settled in Mexico to become a lawyer. His grandmother raised him in Joplin, Missouri, while his mother worked long hours at multiple jobs to earn a living. Later on, his mother remarried and moved them to Cleveland, Ohio, were Hughes went to high school and was an excellent student. During this time, Hughes began to elaborate on the stories of African American life in the south that his grandmother used to tell him. He grows passion for writing and develops a number of poems telling the hardships of blacks, how they have overcome yet still are suffering. Through his works such as “The Negros Speaks of Rivers,” “Harlem” and “I Too, Sing America,” Hughes is able to reveal and describe the lives of African Americans early in the 20th century. Langston Hughes reveals the theme of pride in “The Negros speaks of Rivers” through the hardships of his race and the endurance and strength of his race. He analyzes how the African American race has survived, yet being enslaved and were seen as property. He writes, “I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than/ the flow of human blood in human veins” (Hughes 2-3). The African American race have been a strong ethnic group who has always seemed to have its place on earth. They have lived since the beginning of humanity and still live on today. Langston Hughes also states, “My soul has grown deep like the rivers”

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