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TPCASTT On Mother To Son

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Joseph Ajucum

on 21 March 2017

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Transcript of TPCASTT On Mother To Son

By Joseph Ajucum & Ismael Torres
TPCASTT On Mother To Son
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—
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.
When we first read the title of this poem it made us think that this poem was going to be about some words of wisdom that a mother would tell her son.
Mother To Son by Langston Hughes
After rereading the poem a couple of times, we started to understand what the stairs symbolized to the mother. the staircase was the path that she took through life, and every splinter or tack that came up were problems that she overcame. So after all her time shes still moving on upward, no matter the obstacle. she then tells her son that he shouldn't climb down the staircase she just went up. also she tells him that this staircase isn't a crystal one, symbolizing that life is not pretty so he should toughen up and keep going.
There were a shift in the poem and it was on line 9. Langston Hughes makes this shift after talking about how difficult life had been, but that it is better to keep going and to face adversity in the face.
The attitude of this poem was motivational.
Repetition: Langston repeats "and" through out the poem in order to emphasize the importance of perseverance
Metaphor: "Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair." Life has not been easy as in life has not been pretty and perfect like a crystal staircase.

The theme of this poem is perseverance, the mother just wants to inspire her son.
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