Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mother to son response

This The:
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
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
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.
     Well after reading this poem for the first tme i noticed how the poem was structured and how the poem is written from the mother point of view to her son but Langston Hughes writes it, this got me thinking maybe the mother could'nt write? Since back then most blacks didnt know how to read or write. Or mabye she wanted Langston to put what shes saying to her son in poetic words?I also noticed how the poem sounds like it was written by a black person who lived back then.Even though i would appreciate better poetic words it was a good peom to read. The meaning goes deep between the lines and has a strong, hard  hitting sound to it.Well the poem shows the love and concern of a mother that she had for her son by the wisdom she imparts on him through the example of her own life, a climb up a staircase. She tells him how hard life is and comepares her life to a staircase always trying to reach to the next level, not to turn back down but to move ahead.the peom is trying to tell us that life is not just something you can walk through with ease, It is a long and hard journey.


  1. i really did agree with what you said, the only thing is, this doesn't have to do with what you said but i had to highlight the text to read it so please change the background color or the text color

  2. I totally agree! What you said was really true. If I were you, I would have taken it a step further - like why was he writing what the mother said? But otherwise, it was perfect!!!!