Mothers are usually a figure who nurtures and molds their children into the right path. It is indicative of the kind of poor and miserable lives the African Americans had in the early 20th century. We spent a few days talking about the meaning and message and read each sentence separately and together. She exhorts her son not to turn back, because she never will. Her life is full of challenges. Hughes wrote nine anthologies of poems, several novels, short stories, plays, essays as well as an autobiography titled The Big Sea 1940. Son When thinking of conflict, many think of violence or hate.
She tells the boy to do the same and have the courage to move forward without ever turning back. You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. The dilapidated staircase is also representative of the poor living conditions of the Black Americans under the tyranny of the Whites. It is these themes that will be. Crystal has connotations of beauty and visual smoothness. If you agree with this, you are wrong! Guidance for Usage of Quotes The poem is a that conveys the idea of encouragement and hope. The setting is not specifically stated but Langston has granted a couple of clues for which the reader can rely.
His role in gaining for the Black population of the United States of America a life of dignity should not be underestimated; at the same time, his work needs to be. The mother tells her son that life will not always be a smooth ride but in spite of all the hardships and miseries, one must learn to move forward. Langston clearly demonstrates this in this piece of poetry. The African American literature was spearheaded by Langston Hughes who had an African American origin. . The poet has also used metaphor.
She has, however, made her way. He believed strongly in his culture and he had faith that things would change for the better. By reading the history of the poet, Langston Hughes, the reader has a general idea that his own mother could have been a slave or had grown up during the time that slavery was being abolished and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments came into effect. His was to make, living forever, the pride found in the. He finds a way to move forward, to keep climbing. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up Lines 1-5. First, the poem was written in 1922, which was a time of the Harlem Renaissance.
He became an important force in the Harlem Renaissance of 1920 to 1940. His work is the greatest evidence of the racial unity he experienced directly throughout his life and it was due to this experience that he served in strengthening the faith constructing an ideal America. It has also enabled many people to conceive of a nation where people of African origin may live without feeling that they are in any way inferior to people of other races. Although, Langston shows a slightly unpleasant attitude in his tone, he is solemn and trustworthy. Ral Reading for creating and sharing this great piece of work with me. Keywords — mother to son analysis 3. She wants him to be tenacious like herself.
Don't you set down on the steps. During the 1950s he completed several memorable anthologies, including The First Book of Negros 1952 , The First Book of Jazz 1955 , and The Book of Negro Folklore 1958. Your Number 12 May 2007 Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was a member of the New Negro Renaissance, agroup of black writers living in Harlem in the late 1920s, which eventually gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance. The mother says her life has not been a smooth ride. He was a well-known poet during the Harlem Renaissance. Here, he stressed on the need for all citizens of America to be treated equally without looking at the skin color.
The speaker, a mother, tells her son that though her life has had many challenges, she has continued to move forward, never giving up. So, boy, don't you turn back. The reference also alludes to the idea of suffering as a requirement to reach that crystal stair and, thus, heaven. The mother sets her own example by saying that she is still walking on that path and climbing that metaphorical staircase of life. Without this metaphor, the poem probably would not have the same effect on how the reader interprets it.
In the 1930s, Hughes became increasingly involved in radical politics and joined the American Communist Party because of its claim to represent all races equally in its working-class solidarity. Unlike his fellow writers, he was not ready to welcome the Southern experience open heartedly, the cause was simple. The poem is suggestive of the effect of racism and oppression on the lives and experiences of the black Americans. Mamma and grandmamma went thru too much and sacrificed more than I will ever be able to fathom or endure. Langston's sensitive nature was also responsible paradoxically in reinforcing his. Not only black literature but other forms of expression. Chose a new person to read it I say, and read it like your telling your own child, warning them about the joys and hardships of life and training them to be kind and loving towards all around them.
She says to keep climbing the stairs and that she is still climbing them herself. Download file to see previous pages The poem conveys the world view of the mother which includes the difficulties that one is to expect in life. He lived in Mexico for a period of time during his youth and spent a year at Columbia University. It has never been a smooth ride. The world is full of news of children dying because of selfish immature parents and thugs, social injustice and endless political indifference.
The poet discovers, from listening to his mother-muse, a way to bring the African-American experience into poetry. He promoted the African-American culture and supported the Civil Rights Movement. She wants her son to keep striving on what he believes and to have a more prosperous life than what she had. What is life, an organism that has a pulse? These are the obstacles that the mother seeks to warn him may discourage him and that he must seek to overcome. Hughes was just beginning his career as a poet when he wrote this poem, so questions of what to write about and how best to forge his poetic voice and identity would be pressing issues for him.