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Analysis and comments on Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

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Comment 111 of 301, 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 110 of 301, 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 109 of 301, 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 108 of 301, 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 107 of 301, 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 106 of 301, 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 105 of 301, 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 104 of 301, added on February 10th, 2009 at 10:05 AM.

this is a wonderful poem for people to read.

Dejahnerra from United States
Comment 103 of 301, 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 102 of 301, 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

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