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Monday, April 23, 2012

Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

Read "Mother to Son" (or click the link to listen to the poem as read by Langston Hughes) and answer the following questions.

What is the poem about?
What is the theme?
What does the mother want the son to do?
What is the metaphor of the poem?

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

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