Life has been troublesome for me and I want you to do better.
How has life been difficult on you?
"Life for me ain't been no crystal stair."
I’se been a-climbin’ on,/And reachin’ landin’s,/And turnin’ corners,
The Mother wants the son to understand that she wants a better life for her son than what she had. Also, to be able to handle what others throw at you. This poem is about life being a difficult ride with many obstacles.
“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,”.
Imagery is shown in the poem when she says that “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” which tells me that she had a difficult time during her life. She wants her son to know that her life has been hard, but she finished well. Source: "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
“It’s had tacks in it,/And splinters,/And boards torn up,/And places with no carpet on the floor—/Bare”.
The mother wants us to know that she will get to where she needs to go. The author chooses this word choice because he wants to show that one of her obstacles was her language and to know that she does not speak properly. Source: "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
The mother wants her son to know that giving up will set you back. The style of this poem is a “free verse poem” because there are no rhyming words, no stanzas, and the language was incomplete. Source: "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
The mother wants to tell that her life has been her plans and goals had problems, which helped her in the long run. The tone of this poem is a critical feeling because there were terrible things they went through. Source: "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes