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Hughes' poetry and, indeed, his entire life as an artist was dedicated primarily to giving voice to the black American experience. That experience was largely one of strife and struggle, as African Americans dealt with the painful struggle of slavery in the midst of a society that was still deeply dehumanizing of black people. Throughout Hughes poetry one sees an insistence on perseverance in the face of difficulty. The characters that populate his poems and short stories are remarkably strong; they have endured much and their spirit has not been broken. Often, as in the poem, "Mother to Son," the theme of perseverance is embodied in the voice of an elder who has suffered interminably but who has continued to hope. The elder often commands a younger person—often a son or daughter—to continue to move forward in spite of difficult circumstances. What makes this...

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