The speaker in this poem is not the poet himself, who wrote the poem when he was only 21 years old, but a mother speaking to her son. We sons can never give up if we realize and cherish the love and tears that got us here. It's had tacks in it and splinters, and boards torn up. I have repeated it multiple times to many people, and I've used the lesson repeatedly when the road of life has had a few bumps in it. She uses imagery to advise her son to do likewise. With his witty intellect Mr. But I digress, the use of slang terms make the words come alive, it gives them life and more meaning.
Keywords — mother to son analysis 3. He was born in Joplin, Mississippi. GradeSaver, 8 February 2014 Web. Of moral and spiritual decay. Like most people, the mother has experienced hardships and challenges at times.
After returning to the United States, Hughes went on to publish fiction, plays, essays and biographies. He uses symbols like tacks, splinters, no carpet on the floor and darkness to describe the difficulties that one faces in life. Despite all the challenges the mother kept moving forward and also faced times of confusion and uncertainty. In the beginning of the poem the mood is set by the mother informing her son how her life was challenging and difficult. Behind this love, the poet emphasizes the idea of never giving up in any situation. Actually, making no decision makes you as uncom … fortable as sleeping on stairs which is pretty darn uncomfortable! Don't you set down on the steps. This means that he sees life as an uphill climb.
So, boy, don't you turn back. In a firguative sense, she her climbing represents her journey through life. The Harlem Renaissance drew new attention to and redefined the unique African American culture of art, music and dance. This theme is completely relevant to everyone's lives today, especially to the new generation. In the poem, the mother teaches her son about strength and courage.
The allegory holds great importance and effectiveness towards the poem The use of the device enhances the symbolic meaning of the poem to real life. Throughout the poem, the mother is trying to explain to her son to be assertive about his goals and should never appease to the challenges. Ral Reading for creating and sharing this great piece of work with me. The world is full of news of children dying because of selfish immature parents and thugs, social injustice and endless political indifference. In the poem Dreams by Langston Hughes, Hughes explores the ideathat without dreams, life is without meaning. Its simple language and powerful message make it both accessible and meaningful for middle grade students.
It has been written in free verse and has no rhymes or rhythmic pattern. Or he could have been saying that so she could remember what the … angel of God had told her about what was to become of this Your dream is telling you that you need to make a decision one way or the other. Background: is an African American poet who is also well known for his work in fiction, plays, essays and biographies. Metaphors connect things that readers already know to a new element or way of seeing the world. The Harlem Renaissance transformed writing for African-American authors in America during the 1920s.
Hughes was also able to allow the reader to clearly understand what he was trying to express by using his skilful articulation and intelligent use of words. Mamma and grandmamma went thru too much and sacrificed more than I will ever be able to fathom or endure. She says that for her life has not been a staircase made of crystal. As for the famous and intelligent Langston Hughes his real name is also James Mercer Langston Hughes his name came from his father great grand father and his brother John Mercer Langston. I wish I could thank Langston Hughes and Mr. The mother teaches the that he should never collapse under the pressures that life puts him through.
He is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. The tacks symbolize the deep wounds, probably not fatal but still shattering and painful events, the splinters symbolize shallow wounds that are not deep but are very sensitive and always stay in the center of attention and the torn up boards represent heart breaking and life changing events in the mother's life. She too can not find a man who is equally yoked. The poem uses allegory by using the analogy of the crystal stairs which represents the course of one's lifetime. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in political science and a Master of Fine Arts in writing. Furthermore, the challenges Langston Hughes went through as an African American might also be another factor that contributed to the creation of this poem.