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Portrait of Langston Hughes, 1936.

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蓝斯顿.休斯 (Langston Hughes) 出生

你有没有喜欢说故事的家人呢?说故事的常规启发了身兼诗人与作家身份的蓝斯顿.休斯。休斯于190221日出生在密苏里州的乔普林 (Joplin) ,他的童年时光大多是陪伴在他祖母身旁,而他的祖母常常说一些充满想像空间的故事给他听。因此, 休斯后来对非裔美国人的文化与历史感到相当有兴趣,后来也写了很多跟这些议题有关的故事、传记、历史,以及诗作。

在他从高中毕业的那个暑假里,休斯写了一首诗:黑人谈河流 (The Negro Speaks of Rivers) ,这首诗是这样写的:





Do members of your family like to tell stories? The tradition of storytelling inspired poet and writer Langston Hughes, who was born in Joplin, Missouri, on February 1, 1902. Hughes spent much of his childhood with his grandmother, who filled his imagination with stories of the past. As a result, Hughes developed a deep interest in African American culture and history that he later wrote into his many stories, autobiographies, histories, and poems.

Hughes wrote the poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" the summer after he graduated from high school. It starts like this:

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older
Than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

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