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Sheet music for 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' by Langston Hughes and Margaret Bonds
Hughes's first poem was set to music by many composers

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Langston's Early Years
Many people write poems about experiences or feelings they've had. Hughes spent the summers of 1919 and 1920 with his father in Mexico. While on a train on his second trip, he wrote his first great poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." The poem was published in The Crisis, a magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. You may ask your librarian how to find this poem so that you can read it. Here's how it begins: I've known rivers:/I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
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