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Copy of Mother to Son By Langston Hughes

Poetry Analysis for Mother to son
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Ami Heising

on 18 February 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Mother to Son By Langston Hughes

The Poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967) His work was to explain and illuminate the negro condition in America He used Afrrican-American dialect in Mother to son Used the rhythms of Jazz and Blues music. Setting This poem was probably set in the 1930s because
the poem was during the segregation of the blacks
and whites in America. It was in a Southern State in America because they used
southern dialect such as climbin', landin's, turnin' etc. Mechanical Analysis Its a free verse because there are
no rhyme schemes. Literary Analysis: Metaphor "Life for me ain't been no crsyal stair"
The two things that are being compared
are life and a flight of stairs
The poet also uses extended metaphor because
throughout the poem the comparison between life
and the stairs continues till the end Literary Analysis: Symbolism Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes Poetry Analysis
Esther Matini
Mr. Stambaugh "Tacks" in the poem illustrates the discomfort
and sharpness of life's obstacles.
"Splinters"illustrate the pain and difficulties in life. Literary Analysis: Repetition
Repetition of the words that end "t's" and "s" such
as boards, splinters, tacks etc. show the ehausting uphill
climb of the stairs.
The word And is also used many times
in the poem show the constant and never ending struggles
in life.
The phrase " Life for me aint been no crystal stair" is repeated
twice to remind the son that the life of the mother has not been
that great.
The Title mother to son symbolises one of the most
common phrases of having a father son talk but instead
the mother is the one who is giving the talk to her son Theme Tone The tone of the poem is compassionate
and understanding.
You can tell that she wants her son to
succed in life.
By telling her son to not give up, she shows
her compassion to her son.
You can also tell that she is telling her story from
experience not making it up The theme of the poem is encouragement:
The mother is telling her son to not give up
"Dont you fall now for i'se still going"
She is telling her son that she has once been
through this phase of life and she hasnt given up so
the son should not give up
Summary of the poem In the poem Mother to son by Langston Hughes,
It empowers the son and also the readers with
words of wisdom in life. The mother is talking
to her son about her life and how it was not a
crystal stair, she encourages her son who is
going through the same struggle to not give up. Dialect The dialect used in the poem tells us that:
The mother is not very well educated but is
very wise because she is giving us a lesson on her
life's struggle.
The mother was probably from a poor neighborhood
where this kind of dialect is used alot.
Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
The End
Hope you enjoyed!!!
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