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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Topic(s) of this poem: mother

Comments about Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

  • (11/19/2017 7:59:00 AM)

    Love this poet, and particularly this poem (Report) Reply

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  • (11/13/2017 3:28:00 PM)

    Always liked this poem, I don’t even like poetry but for some reason I like this. (Report) Reply

  • Lea- Beima Dorestin (11/7/2017 9:13:00 PM)

    I've studied this poem in my Literature class and it's an amazing poem. (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (9/29/2017 9:09:00 PM)

    Just so trye and beautiful too I loved my mom hence i composed
    READ IT ALL will yo
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/6/2017 1:58:00 PM)

    But all the time
    I'se been a-climbin' on,
    And reachin' landin's,
    And turnin' corners,
    And sometimes goin' in the dark
    Nicely penned.
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  • Doris Cornago (7/17/2017 2:24:00 AM)

    I like this poem. It reminds me of my mom before me and myself now. Unpretentious and full of wisdom. :) (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2017 4:19:00 AM)

    Last line is impressive applicable to mothers. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (3/24/2017 3:23:00 AM)

    Lovely.... this one's a keeper to share with loved ones. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/26/2017 6:18:00 AM)

    The poem unveils a great message coming from the state of experience to the state of innocence. It articulates a fine blend of imageries. Sylva-Onyema Uba. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (1/14/2017 8:11:00 PM)

    Practical and insightfully advice with good metaphors. A delight to read. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/24/2016 11:16:00 AM)

    tom allport
    the best advice a mother could give to her child to survive in the world to day (Report) Reply

  • (11/22/2016 7:08:00 PM)

    (Mother To Son - Poem by Langston Hughes.) **Great advice from a loving, caring mom. (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/20/2016 7:50:00 AM)

    Mother To Son is perfect. Everyday kanguage has pictures built in which explain depths that are difficult to capture on the page, but Langston Hughes prives it can be done. I have no problem believing his mother said these words as I read this. (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2016 10:06:00 AM)

    I like this poem. Good metaphors!! (Report) Reply

  • Namile Zamangwane Hlongwane (9/15/2016 8:33:00 AM)

    nice one wish my son could read as well (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/16/2016 11:44:00 PM)

    So, boy, don't you turn back.
    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,
    I'se still climbin',
    And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

    Highly inspiring for all sons. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.
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  • Patricia Grantham (8/16/2016 1:00:00 PM)

    A great write and very motivating. (Report) Reply

  • Abduhoo Salamath (8/15/2016 12:57:00 PM)

    all mothers advise almost same like this poem.... great...
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  • (8/8/2016 4:58:00 PM)

    A poem that catche's the very essence of Mother/Son relationship with both subtlety & strength. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (7/14/2016 1:34:00 PM)

    He masters the power of brevity and uses it so eloquently in its simplicity and yet complexity. We have layers here, so many layers we could explore (Report) Reply

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