Literature-In-English Paper 2, Nov/Dec. 2011  
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General Comments


Discuss “The Negro speaks of Rives” as a metaphor.



Most candidates shunned this question. Metaphor as a figure of speech involves direct comparison –analogy, drawn between rivers and blood in the poem.  “My soul has grown deep like the rivers” emphasizes metaphorically the poet’s soul extended into knowledge.   The Poem is not just about rivers and blood; it is about “roots” as trees have them, and in their historical sense. The ancient rivers referred to connote black civilization which flourished along the rivers.  The root of black history as not just within people, but also within the souls that “have grown deep like rivers”.










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