He had noticed that the leaves were fresh fallen on

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between the two roads. He had noticed that the leaves were fresh fallen on them both and had not been walked on, but then again claims that maybe he would come back and also walk the first one sometime, but he doubted he would be able to, because in life one thingleads to another and time is short.The fourth stanza holds the key to the trickiness of the poem. Those who interpret this poem as suggesting non-conformity take the word “difference” to be a positive difference. But there is nothing in the poem that suggests that this difference signals a positive outcome. The speaker could not offer such information, because he has not lived the “difference” yet. 2
In conclusion, Langston Hughes' moving poem "Mother to Son" empowers not only the son, but also the reader with precious words of wisdom. Through the skillful use of literary devices such as informal language, symbolism, metaphors, and repetition, Hughes manages to create the image of a mother lovingly, yet firmly, talking to her son about life. The advice is simple but pertinent to the poetic theme: in order to overcome the hurdles of life, a person must possess courage and determination. 3
Work Cited Hughes, Langston. "Mother to Son." Literature: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Janet E. Gardner. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013. 559."Langston Hughes." 2014. The Biography Channel website. Mar 21 2014, .4

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