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Advice for All Langston Hughes is considered by many readers to be the most significant black poet of the twentieth century During his life many thought that he was a voice of the African-American people and a prime example of the magnificence of the Harlem Renaissance This idea is evident in almost all his poems including Mother to Son This poem not only shows a relationship between a mother and a son but also illustrates a connection between Langston Hughes and African-Americans Mother to Son is the obvious poem about a mother giving advice to her son The poem starts out with the mother telling her son that Life for me aint been no crystal stair line 2 Here the metaphor of a crystal stair is being used to convey what the mothers life has been like The crystal stair represents a life of glamour and magnificence The mother is telling her son that there is no glamour in her life She says Its had tacks in it and splinters and boards torn up and placed with no carpet on the floor--Bare line 3-7 This represents the hardships that she has had to go through There have been obstacles in her life that she has had to overcome She also describes her life as being bare She feels as though her life has been plain and there is really nothing in it In this first section on the poem the mother simply is describing to her son what her life has been like Although this poem in called Mother to Son it also shows a relationship between Hughes and all African-Americans This poem can also be interpreted as advice from Hughes to African-Americans The first section can be described in almost the same way as that of a mother to a son Here Hughes is describing what life as an African-American is like through his own
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