Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mother to Son” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Mother to Son
 
by
Langston Hughes
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Mother to Son

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mother to Son, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Mother to Son

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-37)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Brionna Barcolleh
Dec 01, 2013 Brionna Barcolleh rated it it was amazing
Mother to Son is one of my all time favorite poems! I learned it and recited it when I was only in second grade. The narrator is an African American mother whom gives encouraging words to her son about tough times. She tells him life has not been that easy for her, but she is still able to roll with the punches.
"Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair."

Langston Hughes uses metaphor well in this piece. She compares the unfathomable journey that we call life to a crystal stair. It is safe to say
...more
Lauren Neely
Nov 12, 2016 Lauren Neely added it
Shelves: poetry
I am using "Mother to Son" in my lesson plan in correlation with "Why I Hate Raisins." Both texts feature mother and child figures; however, Hughes's poem is from the point of view of the mother while Diaz's poem is from that of the child. These poems go hand in hand with each other because they allow students to see a similar situation from differing perspectives.

My write up for this poem would be the same one as for "I Hate Raisins" in which the students write a letter to a parent/guardian exp
...more
Yusra Faridi
Apr 22, 2014 Yusra Faridi rated it really liked it
Poem:
The narrator of this poem is a mother who is sharing some words of wisdom with her son. She talks about how the journey of life has not been a simple one for her. She compares her life to an old staircase; torn up, bare, with splinters all over it. This comparison continues throughout the poem. From the narrator's point of view, the image of a perfect life would compare to that of a crystal stair--clear, smooth, and easy to climb. The mother shares with her son the fact that even though the
...more
Brooke
Sep 08, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it
I liked the meaning behind this poem. Had to read this for my English Literature class.
Adri Joglar
Adri Joglar rated it it was ok
Mar 19, 2014
Sneh Pradhan
Apr 02, 2014 Sneh Pradhan rated it liked it
Lessons of grit through the comfort of a mother's words ....
Sandra Hamlin
Sandra Hamlin rated it it was amazing
Sep 18, 2016
Woodenpoet
Woodenpoet rated it liked it
Aug 21, 2016
Hermione
Hermione rated it it was amazing
Sep 22, 2014
Angelina Lagou
Angelina Lagou rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2016
Michael Lloyd-Billington
Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it
Oct 27, 2016
Kelsey Empfield
Kelsey Empfield rated it it was amazing
Jun 14, 2014
Chris
Chris rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2016
Cristina Lawson
Apr 30, 2015 Cristina Lawson rated it it was amazing
Great Poem.
Krista
Krista rated it liked it
Aug 24, 2015
Sara
Sara rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2014
Tash
Tash added it
Apr 15, 2014
Mhine
Mhine marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2014
Clifford Harris
Clifford Harris marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2015
Audra
Audra marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2015
Dyna Shaffer
Dyna Shaffer marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2015
Sheena
Sheena marked it as to-read
Dec 11, 2015
Kimberly Gaston
Kimberly Gaston marked it as to-read
Feb 16, 2016
Arushi Yadav
Arushi Yadav is currently reading it
Mar 12, 2016
Nita Venugopal
Nita Venugopal marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2016
Kim
Kim marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2016
Leah smiley
Leah smiley marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2016
Blow Pop
Blow Pop marked it as to-read
Nov 16, 2016
Kezia Robinson
Kezia Robinson marked it as to-read
Nov 30, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
36910
Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
More about Langston Hughes...

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »