It's had tacks in it and splinters, and boards torn up. The rope bridge metaphor allowed me give a very similar message as the original poem. She also tells him that she has made it and still has to encounter these obstacles even in her golden years and she did not give up and has not given up and if she is strong enough to make it then so can he. This means that her life has not been perfect and she had many challenges to deal with. The boards that were torn up could represent imperfection; a struggle or permanent loses and voids in her life. The theme that the poet wanted to convey through the poem is a determination to live without ever thinking giving up although the obstacles are harsh. Dreams, however, have no physical limitations.
The poem speaks about how sometimes life has many hardships, but we cannot turn back. The world is full of news of children dying because of selfish immature parents and thugs, social injustice and endless political indifference. She wants her son to keep striving on what he believes and to have a more prosperous life than what she had. The central theme that this creates is the importance of persevering in the face of hardship. I am quite literally on a personal journey to explore my thoughts and feelings and to internally and externally process my evolving experience because of one event which occurred just after the beginning of the semester. This moving poem empowers not only the son but also the reader with precious words of wisdom.
She teaches him using her own life as an example; her life as a climb up a staircase. The in this poem is a mother who gives advice to her beloved son, who may also be seen to represent the younger generation. Falling off the staircase may also indicate being misled. The mother sets her own example by saying that she is still walking on that path and climbing that metaphorical staircase of life. I felt like I wanted to revert back to my first draft where it was the person versus their environment.
So she wants her son to make something of himself despite the criticism and racism he is challenged with. Dereliction: The stairs referred to by the mother in this poem are in a state of disrepair and dilapidation. Therefore, this poem is not only words of encouragement from a mother to a son, but also words of encouragement to the entire African American community. It is two stanzas long, and the content dictates the form. I have repeated it multiple times to many people, and I've used the lesson repeatedly when the road of life has had a few bumps in it. I felt like the idea of a basketball game was a very different metaphor than stairs but delivered a similar message.
She only says to keep going. While it captures the inspiring perseverance of an aging mother, it also hints at the struggles inherent in an unequal society. In the poem, the mother teaches her son about strength and courage. In the original, the stairs provided many obstacles such as no carpet, tacks, splinters, and boards torn up. Out of nowhere someone sent me this poem. Written nearly 100 years ago, its message still resonates today. She wants her son to keep striving on what he believes and to have a more prosperous life than what she had.
I found myself writing about how it was unstable and planks would fall from under you. He believed strongly in his culture and he had faith that things would change for the better. The upward journey refers to the journey to heaven or to a better place where one is free of all the pain and suffering. This poem is a great example of a dramatic monologue. 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. Langston also uses imagery for the reader by using the crystal stair as a metaphor. Structural Analysis This is a short poem containing twenty lines, which are without any regular or formal.
Don't you fall now— For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Going into my next draft, I was content with how I had progressed so far. Staircases are never made of glass--foolish idea, right? Hughes' image of the difficult, upward journey toward a better life is advice meant for everyone in times of struggle. Readers can see that the mother is the central character in this poem because the reader is focused on her next word as she describes her view of life. She talks about the various difficulties that one has to face in life like the broken parts and uncarpeted floors that make climbing a staircase difficult. Metaphors such as sports allow much more literary wit than that of bridge. The bridge, like life, is precariously positioned and writhes with uncertainty.
Instead of saying that I kept walking along the path, I described how I learned to jump over the fallen trees and ignore the pain of the rocks. He grew up in poverty and was exposed to racism in his youth. There will be moments of indecisiveness and confusion but one must continue to move forward and not give up hope. The Harlem Renaissance refers to an explosion among the arts--poems, paintings, music, novels--produced by African Americans. They embody the idea of leaving troubles and tragedies behind. Langston Hughes Langston Hughes 1902-1967 was a well-known African American writer. Despite all the challenges that came her way, she never turned away and chose not to give up.