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Vintage Hughes - Mother to Son Summary & Analysis

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Mother to Son Summary

In this poem, written in colloquial language, a mother tells her son to persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties. She tells him that her life has not been a crystal stair, which is a metaphor for the difficulties she has faced.

Mother to Son Analysis

This poem is an injunction to persevere from a mother to a son, though the fact that it is written in second-person means that the reader is forced to take the role of the son, and feels himself addressed by the mother, who speaks without pretense in her natural colloquial manner. This is the first poem in the collection where we see Hughes use colloquial black language, which would come to dominate his later poetry as he became more interested in representing the natural poetry of black people rather than subjugating them to traditional poetic forms...

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