Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Mother To Son - Poem by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
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Comments about Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

  • Gold Star - 4,998 Points Bharati Nayak (7/19/2015 9:04:00 PM)

    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair
    It has tacks in it
    And splinters
    And boards torn
    And places no carptet on the floor
    But all the time
    I 'se been a-climbin' on- - - - - The poem is truly inspirational urging to embrace life in its totality with all its hardships and go moving. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,529 Points Melissa Patty (7/15/2015 4:44:00 PM)

    Awk this poem is so sweet, you have such a strong bond with your son its so beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Phanice Wamukota (7/2/2015 4:06:00 AM)

    From the horse's mouth. You better heed son! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,901 Points Allotey Abossey (6/4/2015 2:01:00 PM)

    Truly mother to son (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 558 Points Frank Blacharczyk (5/29/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    Where there ain't been no light.
    So, boy, don't you turn back.

    Wonderful lines meaning to me ' don't give up in our difficult trials of life keep going no matter how much it hurts' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 154 Points Chandra Shekar K (5/11/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    Very good caution to the son. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 154 Points Chandra Shekar K (5/11/2015 11:41:00 AM)

    Mother gives a caution to the son's life ahead. Good way to protect the child from hardships. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,725 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/4/2015 9:25:00 AM)

    right advises to the son.loves the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,725 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/4/2015 9:25:00 AM)

    right advises to the son.loves the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lillian walke (2/1/2015 11:35:00 AM)

    Love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie iasia webster (1/24/2015 10:46:00 AM)

    Wow (Report) Reply

  • Rookie cynthia smith (1/18/2015 9:35:00 PM)

    7th grade recital still remember every word. My mom was so proud!! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/31/2014 10:26:00 PM)

    This is the poem here protagonist as a mother putting fire on dead soul- strong call to change.change or awake awake to the young generations (to the son) ..very powerful write (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,223 Points Frank Avon (9/1/2014 4:39:00 PM)

    One of my favorites for a long, long time. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,238 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 1:52:00 PM)

    Keep on keeping on son for you see,not all of us were born with silver spoons... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,206 Points * Sunprincess * (5/13/2014 10:00:00 AM)

    .......nicely written...truly life isn't easy for anyone... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,164 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    Life is full of challenges to face. This poem is like a mirror to us. He is a Great poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Billy Sanders (3/11/2014 6:23:00 PM)

    Hi, i'm Billy (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 177 Points Mazhur Butt (1/16/2014 1:28:00 PM)

    an everlasting poem...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maiya Evans (12/18/2013 8:05:00 PM)

    Mother To Son is clearly saying that with perserverence comes success. Because if you try over and over again you can get somewhere in life. Whereas if you give up after the first time you try, then you know that you won't be able to accomplish anything in life. Like the singer P! nk once said, You gotta get up and try, try, try. The mother in this poem is portayed as an uneducated lady who struggled through life. Since she went through all this herself, she doesn't want her son going down the same path she went down. In the poem his mother says that life for me ain't been no crystal stair, which shows that life for her was very difficult and wasnt clear cut like how some people's lives may seem. When she implies that the staircase has had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare, she's saying that there were obstacles along the way while she experienced many things. But afterwards she states that I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark where there ain't been no light, that no matter what life threw at her, she found a way to get through it all. (Report) Reply

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