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<div>In this drawing Aaron Douglas pays homage to poet Langston Hughes and his poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers. In the poem Hughes declares, "I bathed in the Euphrates…I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it." He concludes, “My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” The reclining body is a visual illustration; it echoes the rolling river, and the figure’s knee matches the sharp pyramids and the towering buildings with their smokestacks burning in the distance. Douglas' use of geometric forms and strong silhouettes is informed by African art and also conveys an interest in modernism as well as ideas about what it meant to be a proud, modern African American at the time.</div><div><br></div><div>From the Detroit Institute of Arts’ exhibition of selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection (2006)</div>
<div>About the art.</div> www.scadmoa.org Access denied | SCAD Museum of Art
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Langston Hughes reads The Negro Speaks of Rivers</span></div><div><br></div><div>The Negro Speaks of Rivers by LANGSTON HUGHES I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins...</div><div><br></div> www.youtube.com The Negro Speaks of Rivers by LANGSTON HUGHES I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins...
Text of the Poem www.bachlund.org Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund
Student analysis after analyzing the image, reading the poem, and listening to Hughes read it. www.flickr.com Explore sahill1968's photos on Flickr. sahill1968 has uploaded 3291 photos to Flickr.
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<div>Langston Hughes was a Harlem Renaissance poet. This image by a famous African American artist Aaron Douglas reflects this particular poem by Hughes.</div>
<div>The Harlem Rensaissance happened because so many black Americans moved from the South to the NOrth during WWI, that Harlem NY became the unofficial capital of black American culture.</div>