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Langston Hughes: Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes


Langston Hughes studied engineering at Columbia University because his father didn't think he could earn a living as a writer, but he never stopped writing. In addition to his poetry, he wrote plays, essays and novels as well as operas and musicals. He also edited a number of anthologies.

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HCC Books by Hughes (3rd Floor, Main Collection)

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Hughes reads one of the poems for which his is most famous, "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.


HCC Books about Hughes (3rd Floor, Main Collection)

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