The particular rivers: the Euphrates, Congo, Nile

The poem focuses on particular rivers: the Euphrates, Congo, Nile and Mississippi, by which the poem reaches President Abraham Lincoln’s visit to New Orleans, where he was shocked by the scenes of slavery. The references to the rivers track their course from before there were people, than from early Middle Eastern history, west to the great rivers of Africa and finally to the USA. The word “Negro” indicates the theme of slavery, reinforced by the African rivers the Mississippi and the pervasive words denoting darkness. There is an emphatic intimation of triumph over the suppressive, colonising and
enslaving history.
The poem focuses on particular rivers: the Euphrates, Congo, Nile and Mississippi, by which the poem reaches President Abraham Lincoln’s visit to New Orleans, where he was shocked by the scenes of slavery. The references to the rivers track their course from before there were people, than from early Middle Eastern history, west to the great rivers of Africa and finally to the USA. The word “Negro” indicates the theme of slavery, reinforced by the African rivers the Mississippi and the pervasive words denoting darkness. There is an emphatic intimation of triumph over the suppressive, colonising and
enslaving history.