The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

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Langston Hughes has long been acknowledged as the voice, and his poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, the song, of the Harlem Renaissance. Although he was only seventeen when he composed it, Hughes already had the insight to capture in words the strength and courage of black people in America.
Artist E.B. Lewis acts as interpreter and visionary, using watercolor to pay tribute to Hughes's timeless poem, a poem that every child deserves to know.
Publisher: New York, NY : Disney Jump at the Sun Books, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780786818679
0786818670
Branch Call Number: j 811.52 HUGHES L
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Earl B.

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LPL_ShirleyB Jun 04, 2020

Langston Hughes' powerful and classic poem is gorgeously illustrated by E. B. Lewis!

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Full text of Langston Hughes's poem from poets.org:

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in h... Read More »

Simply put, one of the best American poems by one of the best American poets. And he wrote this when he was 18!


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LPL_ShirleyB Jun 04, 2020

Langston Hughes' powerful and classic poem is gorgeously illustrated by E. B. Lewis!

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Full text of Langston Hughes's poem from poets.org:

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers."

Langston Hughes's poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is in the public domain, first published in The Crisis: A Record of The Darker Races, New York, NY, USA: NAACP, June 1921, p. 17.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Negro_Speaks_of_Rivers

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buckcameron
Nov 01, 2018

This would be a great book to read with your children.

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