Has often been called the “poet of the African American People. “He has used almost every form of writing to express his thought on paper including poems, songs novel, plays, biographies, histories and essays. The theme of his work has been the joys, pleasures and sorrows of the ordinary African American man. In his most famous work “The Negro Speaks of Rivers, “Hughes uses the metaphor of a river to connect to the movement and troubles of his people.