The Negro Speaks Of Rivers And Harlem Essay

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Langston Hughes was an American poet who is the best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. There are two poems which are The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Harlem [Deane Deferred], both convey that he against racial discrimination, and he stressed encourage African Americans people should be proud of themselves. In The Negro Speaks of Rivers, the author uses rivers present the whole Africa race and Africa culture to convey that he is pound of he is African people and Africa’s long history. The racial discrimination in the United states has not been eradicated. In the poem Harlem [Dream Deferred], the author writes what happen if a dream deferred. In his poem, African American people cannot dream or achieve great things because of the environment of oppression that limit them. Therefore, Hughes uses references to history and metaphor and simile in both of poems to convey that the world should not exist racial discrimination. Firstly, Hughes wrote "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" while on a train ride to Mexico, where he would live with his father for one year. He took a train though the Mississippi rivers, and he was inspired. Therefore, he writes this poem for encourage African- Americans be together to defeat unfair questions. In the poem, he describes the four rivers which are represents the human’s civilization.

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 me…

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