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Analysis and comments on Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

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Comment 101 of 221, added on October 15th, 2008 at 9:11 PM.

At the age of 9, my 4th grade teacher had me read this poem before the
entire school. It felt great to be able to read such a great piece of
poetry before all my schoolmates. I have not read it since then, until
now. I also decided to read a few of the comments posted. This site gives
you the freedom to express yourself, whether it be, comments or criticism.
When I read the critical comment posted by K, it saddened me. However, we
are all entitled to our opinions. I try to follow the motto my grandmother
repeated to me through childhood "If you don't have anything nice to say,
don't say anything at all". Why not reveal your whole name (K)? Kudos to
the teacher that had you analyze "like" every single word and write an
essay on it? Anyone from a Afican American family that has stories passed
on to them from their "Southern" ancestors should be able to appreciate
these words written by one of the WORLDS greatest poets! Pick up a book on
the struggle of blacks in the south, if you can't appreciate Mr. Hughes
words, then you certainly aren't worthy of reading them.

Tonia from United States
Comment 100 of 221, added on September 19th, 2008 at 8:01 AM.

Langston Hughes has always been one of my favorite poets. I love his
superb usage of the metaphor "The Crystal Stair. I've referenced this poem
many times while raising my son as a single Parent.

Rachel Tillman from United States
Comment 99 of 221, added on September 17th, 2008 at 7:22 PM.

I didn't like this the first time I read it, but then we had to analyze
like every single word and write an essay on it for school and now I
absolutely HATE IT.

Comment 98 of 221, added on June 13th, 2008 at 3:57 AM.

Sori my engrish not very good but I just want to say I had thiss poem for
my exams and I realli enjoy it.

HYEH JUNG YOE from Korea, South
Comment 97 of 221, added on June 13th, 2008 at 3:50 AM.

Ive choosen this for my poetry project as i really can relate to this. The
mother in the poem is cares a lot for her son as she gives him advice; and
to us too. There are life lessons we can learn from the poem, such as going
on in the face of hardships and not giving up too easily.

Dlaine Tan from Singapore
Comment 96 of 221, added on February 24th, 2008 at 3:28 AM.

This poem, written by the great Langston Hughes is an all time favorite of
mine and a Legend to African Americans. Like, so any Afrian Americans,(as
well as others, but especially African Americans) the Mother in the poem
has struggled to overcome various obstacles that could have hindered her.
However, her faith and determination have allowed her to persevere.
Therefore, she (like Hughes) is taking the time to encourage, inspire and
inform her son that life is not always going to easy, fun or even
comprehensive. There will be times that one may feel like giving up, doing
something wring or just doubting one 's self (all which reap poor results)
Throughout these times," look to the hills which cometh your help"...and
dwell not on earthly things..for joy cometh in the morning......so be ye
steadfast in your faith and strive to persevere and success will be yours.
This is a very valuable lesson and the fact that Mr. Hughes is sharing this
it is very inspiring to me. I enjoy & admire him for his work and positive
endeavors; and I too, will do my part to encourage others (especially my
son)....and students that Life for me Ain't been no crystal stair, neither
will theirs but hardwork and determination....failure is impossible. As my
dear Grandmother used to say,,,"It;s okay to fall;but don't wollow
!"......Get Back up Again!

Reynelda Gilleylen from United States
Comment 95 of 221, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:11 AM.

Langston Hughes is a legend in his own time. This particular poem has given
me strength to believe in myself and to proceed towards my goals and
Thank You Mr. Hughes. Gone but not forgotten.

stokes from United States
Comment 94 of 221, added on February 10th, 2008 at 2:37 PM.

this was the best poem i ever read it has been my favorit since 1st grade i
absoultly love the poet i can realate to her

marie from United States
Comment 93 of 221, added on November 6th, 2007 at 5:26 PM.


TAN from United States
Comment 92 of 221, added on October 30th, 2007 at 4:52 PM.

Perseverance and determination are key concepts inspired by this poem.
Challenges are many, in spite of challenges, we must continue forward.

Annette Blake 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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