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Darryl Williams Dr. Kathi Griffin ENG 205-09 15 September 2010 Critical Analysis of “Mother to Son” “Mother to Son” is a free verse poem written by African American poet, Langston Hughes. The title tells the reader that this piece of literature is about a mother speaking to her son, and this is exactly true. Hughes is paraphrasing a conversation he has with his mother about how hard her life was at times. The topic of this poem is the determination to continue to progress through life, even under unfavorable circumstances. The poem is written from Hughes’ mother’s point of view as she speaks to her son. The poem can also be read from Hughes’ point of view listening to what his mother is saying. The line, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” is being emphasized in this poem and that is why it is stated at the beginning and the end of the
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Unformatted text preview: piece. The intended audience of the actual dialogue is Hughes, but the poetic form is Hughes speaking through his mother’s words to everyone who has struggled in life. Hughes and his mother are trying to convey that their life has not been an easy one, but they still continue to work hard to achieve their goals, and everyone else should do the same. This is the reason they say, “I’se been a-climbin’ on,” because if they can keep “climbing” then so can anyone else. The purpose of this piece is to encourage people to not give up on life even though they are going through hardships. Hughes’ mother also describes her life as it was a house saying, “It’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor.” She is saying that even without a firm foundation one can overcome obstacles in life....
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