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Mother to Son

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Dani Briones

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of Mother to Son

Mother To Son
About the Author
The poem is about a mother giving advice to her son to not give up in life. She describes to him that her life hasn't been the best. She compares her life to a broken up staircase " It has tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up..." However, she kept her head held high and continued to strive for the best.
" Don't you fall now--" The mother is demanding his son that he cannot lose this battle.
Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes
Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes
Danielle Briones
Lea Lecaj
Carlos Leon

Was born in February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
Died on May 22, 1967
Attended Columbia University
Published his first poem in 1921
He was the first African American to support himself as a writer and wrote from his own experience
Metaphor: " Life for me ain't been no crystal stair"
Imagery: Splinters, tacks, and torn up stairs; tell that the mother has suffered many hurts. Wishing that her life could be like the crystal stairs.
The tacks and splinters are symbolic that the mother has had gaping holes in her life and she found a way to step over to arrive at the place she is now.
Hughes has the speaker address the son by saying that he should not sit down or fall down because his staircase is hard to climb.
In the mother's eyes, his son should not give up, instead, he should see her as an example.
Both Linda and the mother have giving up their well being to keep something broken together. They both encourage; Willy and the son, to continue to climb.
"Don't you set down on the steps..." Mother to Son
"Willy, dear. Talk to them again. There's no reason why you can't work in New York," Death of a Salesman, Act 1, (14)

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it and splinters in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
But all the time
I'se been-a-climbin' on
And reachin' landin's
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.
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