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Craig McLeish
The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've Known Rivers

The Congo

The Euphrates

The Mississippi

The Nile

Craig McLeish writes of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first black American to earn his living from writing. He was an innovator of jazz poetry, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote plays, short stories, novels, and his poetry was widely read. He was also a journalist, columnist and lecturer. The Negro Speaks of Rivers was perhaps his earliest published work, written when only 17 and while travelling by train to Mexico to visit his father. As the train crossed the Mississippi he suddenly began thinking about how rivers had impacted on Negro history, particularly in the fight against slavery. The four rivers mentioned in the poem lent themselves to using musical influences from those particular regions.

Item code: 6911B | Songbook | $7.95 add item to cart
Choral  | A Cappella | SATB | 64 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10 | United States
884088996130 | 1780387938 | 14042196

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