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Langston Hughes
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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
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
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Apr 22, 2014 Yusra Faridi rated it really liked it
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
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.
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Lessons of grit through the comfort of a mother's words ....
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Great Poem.
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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."
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