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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers


by Langston Hughes

The Negro Speaks of Rivers Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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My soul has grown deep like the rivers. (13)

Is there any hint of confinement in this simile? Rivers are more confined than oceans, and yet they flow more freely than lakes. They are sources of life and civilization, and (in the history of civilization) they’ve made it possible for communities to do things like grow crops and go swimming.

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