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Analysis and comments on Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

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Comment 112 of 232, 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
Comment 111 of 232, added on May 25th, 2009 at 4:47 AM.

really it is a wonderful poems in my point of views .it reflects the
history of black poeple against white man how they endure without
hesitation in oeder to get their rights.

chahira from United States
Comment 110 of 232, added on April 21st, 2009 at 10:01 PM.

I believe that the "crystal stair" reference means that crystal is
transparent, you can see the other side clearly through crystal. If her
life was no crystal stair, she didn't know what the outcome was going to
be, she just knew that she had to keep moving and keep working for the best
life she could make for herself, and she continues to do so. I am the
mother to two young boys and believe me my children will know this poem and
be inspired hopefully as much as I was.

Alishia from United States
Comment 109 of 232, added on February 14th, 2009 at 11:33 AM.

This poem is timeless and universal. We can all apply it to our lives. The
poet through the mother sends the message that we all will have to bear
crosses in our lives. And even though we stumble and fall and we are faced
with difficult challenges, we must fight, forge ahead, and never give up on
life--life, the gift.

Darnie from United States
Comment 108 of 232, added on February 10th, 2009 at 10:05 AM.

this is a wonderful poem for people to read.

Dejahnerra from United States
Comment 107 of 232, added on February 2nd, 2009 at 11:37 AM.

K's comments clearly demonstrate the fact that he/she missed the boat
This is a great piece of inspirational writing. I use it to motivate not
only my student but also myself.
"Never give up no matter what"

R. Batson from United States
Comment 106 of 232, added on January 23rd, 2009 at 2:16 PM.

what i got from this peom is live is hell but never give up fight for what
you want and need!

Tiffieany link
Comment 105 of 232, added on January 15th, 2009 at 3:00 PM.

this was a great poem for him to write and all of his other poems such as
life ain`t no crystal stair

donnell from United States
Comment 104 of 232, added on January 6th, 2009 at 6:40 PM.

I loved this poem as a young girl and found it very inspirational. Now, as
I enter my 60's I find it even more so. I am a 5th grade teacher and I
have decided that it is time to "pass it on.."

lynn from United States
Comment 103 of 232, added on December 18th, 2008 at 12:24 PM.

I think this poem is inspiratinonal and it is very good

Juan 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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