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Poetry Analysis: Mother To Son And Those Winter Sundays

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Every parent in this world loves their children more than anything. Even the children can’t stay away from their parents for so long. Nothing in this world could be more precious than the love of a parent has for his/her children. Our parents are always with us no matter what happens. Often in life we make mistakes, but our parents give us supports and teach us to learn from those mistakes and move on with our lives. They also try to teach us from their experience. Parents always make sacrifices to provide for their family. In the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Huges and “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, the poets talk about how the parents are always making sacrifices to make their children’s life a little bit easier. Both of these poems reveal the struggle the parents go through in order to provide for their family.
Whenever someone mentions the word “mother”, one always tend to think of a very kind and caring figure who always whishes the best for her children. In the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Huges, a mother is telling her son about the obstacles she had to overcome in order to get to the position she is in right now. There comes many moments in our life when we just want to give up and let fate handle everything. We face many difficulties that may not seem we can overcome but we should never give up right away. The mother in the poem is trying to convince her son to keep pushing and at the same time she is trying to set an example though her own past experience.
The speaker of the poem is a mother who is giving her son advice and motivation. She addresses her life as a staircase and her staircase has had “tacks and splinters in it”. That means the mother was constantly facing obstacles in her path that she had to dodge or leap over. Her life has not been perfect and she had many challenges to deal with. Maybe she didn’t have proper education because the way she is speaking is not proper English. Maybe poverty was a big factor in her life because she mentions “boards torn up” and “places with no carpet”. This kind of sets an image of an old, uneven staircase that has never been repaired. Also since she is not well educated, she probably never got many opportunities in life that could have helped her reach her goals.
The speaker also says “And sometimes goin’ in the dark” which probably means that the mother sometimes loses her vision in life. She cannot seem to figure out where her life is taking her or what is going to happen next. She lives through uncertainty. She does things that she does not know the consequences of. She is headed down a dark path but searching for the light. She never turns back or give up. She believes that something has to be at the end of thing long, uncertain road that would be worth all of her sufferings and sacrifices.
The mother in this poem is telling her son about her suffering and how she overcame her difficulties so that her son never gives up in life. She continues to say that...

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