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Analysis and comments on Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

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Comment 121 of 221, added on September 26th, 2010 at 7:34 PM.
english

i really hated this poem the first time i read it because i didnt really
understand what it meant but now that i understand what it means i really
enjoy this poem to the fullest.

brittany from United States
Comment 120 of 221, added on September 16th, 2010 at 5:14 PM.
My favorite poem

Langston Hughes said in a few short phrases what most parents want to
convey to their children: Keep trying. Move forward, look ahead. Don't
stop. Don't look back. The struggle to survive well never ends. We want
more for our children than we had ourselves. No, my life "ain't been no
crystal stair," either, but that's no reason for YOU to lie down! (Thank
you, Langston Hughes, for a poem I could share with my son. We both
enjoyed it!)

BTW, who cares about the color of your skin? Life's struggles affect us
all.

Charmaine from United States
Comment 119 of 221, added on July 4th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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road

try acai berry now
Comment 118 of 221, added on May 12th, 2010 at 1:36 PM.
idk

what does this poem mean?? i have to do a assighnment on this and i can't
seem to figure out what this poem means?? :)

Kilie from United States
Comment 117 of 221, added on April 8th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 116 of 221, added on April 6th, 2010 at 8:03 AM.
comment

i need more anaylized one.

matthew from Ethiopia
Comment 115 of 221, added on January 12th, 2010 at 1:18 AM.
the poem

the poem...........i deeply appreciated it.. it has interesting
messages.....it is good for the heart when tried to internalize....

darwin from Philippines
Comment 114 of 221, added on September 11th, 2009 at 6:28 AM.

i have read and loved this poem taught it to my son
and many other children ive read alot of the comments but not all normally
i dont comment i love poetry i read it for its self but i feel very
strongly about somthing ive noticed this poem is color blind it is not just
an african american poem it is a poem for all if you didnt no the writer or
the color of his skin it would be anyone any voice yet becuase we know his
skin tone we categorize it as the black struggle instead of the human
struggle and befor anyone gets upset yes i am a white single mom who raised
a black son so no im not speaking from prejudice but as a mother who knows
struggles and who has fallen down the stairs more than once

nadene from United States
Comment 113 of 221, added on September 3rd, 2009 at 10:23 AM.

I believe this poem is about the ongoing stugles of life.

kolin madison from United States
Comment 112 of 221, added on June 11th, 2009 at 8:14 PM.

The thing I like about Langston Hughes' poems, and I'm not usually a poetry
reader, is the way they can state one point of view while also allowing you
to see another from the same image.

So you have your crystal stair, which the mother's life was not. It was
not smooth and pretty. There were splinters and other hardships.

However, Hughes spend a brief time training in engineering, and did okay in
a very tough school (I want to say, Columbia, but I'm working from memory
here.) My point is, he didn't like it but he certainly grapsed the
essential points. And if you think about building, a crystal stair would
be an absolute disaster. It would look very pretty and you'd kill yourself
falling on it. So the poem states not only 'life is hard' but 'my life,
and by inference, yours, may have its ugly places and its hard places, but
in the end it will work better than many that look prettier'.

Elizabeth from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Mother to Son
Volume: Collected Poems
Year: 1994
Added: Jun 3 2004
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