Mother To Son by Langston Hughes - Poetry Reading

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Mother To Son - A poem by Langston Hughes. About the poem - “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes is a short twenty line poem that packs significant meaning in the short verse. Hughes uses an older female speaker to give advice to a son who is part of the younger generation. In the poem Hughes uses an extended metaphor to describe the life of the mother. The extended metaphor compares the mother’s life to a staircase. About the poet - James Mercer Langston Hughes (1902 -1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was born in Joplin, Missouri in USA. He was one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form jazz poetry.For more videos log onto Also find us on Facebook at Subscribe & Stay Tuned -