Poems Name Institution Affiliation Langston Hughes "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." There is a connection between the speakers and ancestors. The aspect of historical religious and cultural significance drawn in this poem fuses with the notion of the origin of the speaker. In the verse ‘deep like the rivers' defines the connection between the past and the speakers' soul. The author is articulate in the descriptions thus indicating his immense intellectual capacity. The major theme in this poem is death civilization and African heritage. The speaker describes the history of Africans and African-Americans through a series of historical events beginning from the cradle of humanity. Literary devices used in this poem include symbols imagery and allegory. The speaker likens his soul to the rivers which existed thousand years ago. The rivers are an epitome of history wisdom and understanding of the African and talk about it (called it little) as if it was a pet. The story is an allusion of the Bible in the book of Genesis (creation story). The use of personification is present where the lamb is dressed and assumed to have voices. The symbol of Jesus Christ in line 14 to refer that he is the lamb. Line 3 and 4 contain metaphor where God is compared to the great shepherd. References Blake W. & Bloom H. (1965). The poetry and prose of William Blake. Doubleday & Company. Hughes L. (1959). Harlem. Selected Poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf 268. Hughes L. & Kennedy A. P. (2009). The Negro speaks of rivers. Disney-Jump at the Sun Books. Hughes L. (1951). The Theme for English B. The collected poems of Langston Hughes 409-10. Keats J. (2000). Ode on a Grecian urn. The Journal of Museum Education 25(1/2) 20-20. [...]
Langston Hughes, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", Langston Hughes, "Theme for English B" Langston Hughes, "Harlem" John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" William Blake, "The Lamb" I would like my paper to be on these poems.