Mother To Son

Mother To Son

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  • Title
  • Paraphrase
  • Connotation
  • Happiness
  • The title reminds us of a letter from a mother to her son. Based on the title, we think the subject of the poem is a mother’s advice for her son
  • Attitude
  • Lines 1-7: The mother expresses that her life has had hardships. Her life has not been smooth and has instead had many obstacles. Lines 14-17: The mother encourages her son not to look back or give up.
  • Shift
  • Repetition/Metaphor : “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” This emphasizes the fact that there have always been hardships in her life.
  • Theme
  • Work hard and never give up!
  • Both the poet’s attitude towards the reader and the subject is optimistic, hopeful. The poet view on the future is that if you don't give up, you can overcome anything.
  • There is no shift in time as she talks about her general experiences in her life which doesn't have a specific timeframe. There is no shift in attitude towards the reader nor towards the subject.
  • Resilience: In this poem, Hughes shows that despite challenges in life, people will overcome them and become stronger.
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