The Negro Speaks Of Rivers Analysis

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The Harlem Renaissance was a boom in cultural, artistic and social matters within Harlem. This renaissance contained several black writers that had been couped up from sharing their talents due to the overbearing social system and race issue. This period was not only a period of upward mobility for the African American culture but it was also a liberating one. For example when the Negro in the poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" speaks he says freely, "I bathed in the Euphrates" , when he did not actually do so. The speaker is speaking in a metaphorical sense that would not of been accepted due to the color of his skin before the Harlem Renaissance. Also when the speaker mentions that he had seen Abe Lincoln, he did not actually do so. He experianced
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