“Mother to Son” By Langston Hughes Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. 3 It's had tacks in it, 4 And splinters, 5 And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor -7 Bare. 8 But all the time 9 I'se been a-climbin' on, 10 And reachin' landin's, 11 And turnin' corners, 12 And sometimes goin' in the dark 13 Where there ain't been no light. 14 So boy, don't you turn back. 15 Don't you set down on the steps 16 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. 17 Don't you fall now -18 For I'se still goin', honey, 19 I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. 1 2 6 20 Mystery Questions 1. What is the poem about? 2. What is the theme? What makes you think that? 3. What Figurative Language/Sensory Language does Hughes use in this poem? 4. This poem is an extended metaphor comparing ____________ to a _______________________. 5. Which are most effective? 6. What is the dialect/dialogue used in this poem? 7. What does the poem say about the time period it was written? Examples?