It has been written in free verse and has no rhymes or rhythmic pattern. The pollens are the cause of severe pain which his mother is suffering. The storyboard below provides an example. The language also imparts a charged colloquial element to the poem. The mother is simply trying to tell her son that she knows what he is going through because she has been in rough times herself. Dilapidated boards and bare feet imply the presence of deprivation or poverty in the house.
But there is, perhaps, yet another way of reading this poem. Because the mother lived literally in a building that had loose tacks and splinters, she risked physical penetration and infection throughout her life. If you agree with this, you are wrong! The difficulties faced by the mother in this poem are symbolized by tacks, splinters, bare floors, and dark hallways—all signs of poverty. Langston clearly demonstrates this in this piece of poetry. Dreams are important for maintaining faith as they provide comfort, solace, and hope in a brutal world. Any line reproduced from the article has to be appropriately documented by the reader. GradeSaver, 8 February 2014 Web.
However, she still climbs on, reaching landings, turning corners, and persevering in the dark when there is no light. The tacks and splinters represent hardships and moments that brought the mother pain. The advice given in the poem is graphic and stirring: life is hard, full of stumbling blocks, but one must keep climbing, one cannot turn back or sit down, because one will catch a break, a turn, a landing, and keep going. The most obvious one is that of struggle. The war also opened manufacturing opportunities for blacks by narrowing the number of immigrant workers coming from Europe. We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible.
She clearly believes that we need to be fighters in our lives, as life will often be difficult. She has walked in bare places and in the dark. He also founded theatres and gave public readings. The characteristics that racists had claimed about in blacks in order to oppress them for decades—claiming that they were simple, naive, ignorant and primitivistic—ironically started looking good to intellectuals, in light of the sophisticated and rational war that had just taken so many lives barbarically. Like if your with me! Then he would have to look at her as the well-rounded human being she was.
The crystal stairs in the poem represents a wealthy and easy life, as wealthy people have not probably had the same difficulties in life. During the war, approximately 367,000 blacks served in the Armed Forces. By the end of this trend former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarznegger had become the most popular movie star in the world. Write a poem containing the advice you will give your children about living in the modern world. When she says she turns corners, it is when her life changes and she has to turn away from her original path. Tacks and splinters may be read as figurative hazards one might find on an actual stairway in a rundown building.
Usually in human affairs the fates of two family members will turn out more alike than the fates of random strangers. Looking more deeply, though, we see that the outpouring of expression during the Harlem Renaissance was driven not just by talent but by an urgent need to express a cultural identity. So, boy, don't you turn back. Perrett, Geoffrey, America in the Twenties: Days of Sadness, Years of Triumph, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. She explains to the son that life has never been easy for her.
Or, the dark may symbolize the external obstacles despite which she climbs. She then asks the boy to walk in her footsteps and keep moving forward without turning back or giving up because he finds the journey arduous. Would he strive to represent his race in poetry, and be a self-consciously black poet, or would he reject a racial poetic identity, as poets like would try to do? This gives the reader a hint that the poem is a poem were, the mother, in some way or another is molding or guiding the son into the right path. She tells him not to be disappointed when he faces difficulties and not to settle down with it. He hears in her song his own voice.
He structures the poem as a conversation between a mother and her son. She ends the poem by stating that she is still climbing and that life is not easy. The mother tells him that the adversities that come his way should not dampen his spirit and he must continue to strive for a better life. Lewis, David Leavering, When Harlem Was In Vogue, New York: Alfred A. Varied in syllabic length, the lines have ten, nine, eight, and seven cadences; others have four, three, and one. Physically, the tacks and splinters represent small, nagging pains that might puncture and infect the mother as she struggles upward.
She has not given up and continues to strive for a better life, free of all suffering and miseries. In 1938 he founded the Suitcase Theater in Harlem, in 1939 the Negro Art Theater in , and in 1941 the Skyloft Players in Chicago. The staircase is also a metaphor for the struggles people face in their upward journey of life. Eric Lincoln, of a 1956 book titled A Pictorial History of the Negro in America, which was reprinted in 1983 as A Pictorial History of Black Americans. While the social world hardly ennobles her, she nevertheless ennobles it, and the quality of her grandeur marks the depth of her humanity. His infatuation with Soviet Communism and led Hughes to write on politics throughout the 1930s. The mother informs her son that life has not always been easy for her, yet she is still carrying on.
After the war, the Harlem section of New York City, where blacks comprised over 90 percent of the population, became recognized as a center for artistic and intellectual activity. Perhaps she was born into poverty, because the images in her poem reveal a ragged, old staircase, like you might find in a decrepit, old building. The mother still continues to climb that staircase of life with steel resolve and determination. In this poem, Hughes represents the personal, collective, and spiritual importance of struggle, endurance, and faith. In the last line, the mother repeats her refrain regarding the moral, spiritual, and political necessity to endure adversity and keep climbing. Summary: The poem is a monologue by a mother where she is speaking to her son.