Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

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Langston Hughes was known as a poet in which the contributions that make him successful was the 1920s hunger for primitivism, his use of blues rhythms, and the sympathy of black literature helps him to become one of the most delicate poets in the Harlem Renaissance. (pg. 1137-1138) Langston Hughes wrote a lot of poems. One of the poems he wrote was “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. In this poem, he was talking about rivers in which he knows them really well and that his soul has come to be as deep as a river. Then he explains to us just how that transformation took place. He must be one ancient man, because he has been around for thousands of years. Langston Hughes uses the literary elements to talk about the river. In line 4, he uses the element of simile to describe this line “My Soul has grown deep like the rivers”, he compares the depth of his soul to the rivers. He also uses metaphor in lines 2-3 where he said “I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.” He was using the element of metaphor in line 3 in which the rivers became a metaphor for the rivers of blood that flow through human veins.…show more content…
In this poem, he talks about a piano player that the narrator heard a couple of nights ago. This musician was playing a slow blues song with all his body and soul. It makes the narrator of the story gets into a depressed music type of disposition. The author uses the element of simile in line 13 where he said “He played that sag raggy tune like a musical fool”, he compares musician to a fool. The author describes it as a good thing in the poem because of the way how the music was playing. He was also using simile in line 35 where he said “He slept like a rock or a man that’s dead”, he was trying to say that he’s sleeping so intensely, he is not moving at all. This poem made me felt depressed as though it’s not giving into my

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