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. No boy would think to say life should be a crystal staircase! Why not sit down for five minutes before continuing to climb? Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. I never had a guaranteed spot on the team and every game I had to work hard to get points, rebounds, and assists. She encourages him to move on just like she did, despite all difficulties. Download file to see next pages Read More. The main metaphor in the poem is the staircase.
We must push through the hardships. The poem can therefore be interpreted not just as a mother giving advice to the son but also to the general audience. Her life as a youth could have been stripped from her through slavery. She wants him to be tenacious like herself. Don't you set down on the steps.
During dinner, two days before he was headed back to college, my son came out to his dad and me. Concrete Poetry A concrete poem is one in which the structure of the poem either physical or grammatical reflects the content of the poem. These are the questions I explored regarding translation as I did my drafts. It is also the demonstration of the a mother has for her son. Don't you set down on the steps. Below each image, have students provide a brief explanation of the image they chose to represent.
By 1929, he was a well know poet during the Harlem Renaissance, the growth of African-American art and literature in Harlem, New York. We spent a few days talking about the meaning and message and read each sentence separately and together. With this storyboard, students should choose 3-5 important lines from the text and depict their figurative meaning. She had no soft carpet of friends or money to bring her comfort or to ease the pain of her journey. His work is the greatest evidence of the racial unity he experienced directly throughout his life and it was due to this experience that he served in strengthening the faith constructing an ideal America. We must keep living our lives. The theme of the poem is perseverence.
The third quality that Langston Hughes uses in his poem is the tone of the speaker. However, she still climbs on, reaching landings, turning corners, and persevering in the dark when there is no light. 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. His poems were not personalized but spoke for all African Americans alike. It is also a valuable piece of stone that only the wealthy could purchase in high volume such as that of a crystal stair.
However, she has kept climbing, through landings, corners and darkness in spite of such discomforts. While it captures the inspiring perseverance of an aging mother, it also hints at the struggles inherent in an unequal society. I decided to make this poem my perpetual first draft and develop the poem through a set of three more drafts. Of no appreciation or respect for all I did, am doing and trying to do for family, friends, God, and the church. I tried to make the draft a fifty-fifty split between the hardships and the learning process.
Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! My personal quest has become very personal. The poem does not reveal a particular rhythm but when recited it has a beat that corresponds to the stairway metaphor that is used in that the delivery of the message keeps building in a way similar to ascending a staircase. The influence was so enormous and collective that it took form of a movement, which began in about 1920 and lasted until about 1930. It also evokes a time of uncertainty when the mother was not sure whether she was headed in the right direction -- or what she might have encountered when she reached her destination. The rope bridge metaphor allowed me give a very similar message as the original poem. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up Lines 1-5. They embody the idea of leaving troubles and tragedies behind.
Langston's tuition fees to Columbia University were paid on the grounds that he study engineering. The world is full of news of children dying because of selfish immature parents and thugs, social injustice and endless political indifference. What is life, an organism that has a pulse? In contrast, many whites disregarded the newly won rights of Negroes. The poem is written in the form of a dramatic monolgue in black dialect. What I wanted to do was create a new version of the poem that also used a metaphor in the same way however I wanted a different metaphor. Hughes' image of the difficult, upward journey toward a better life is advice meant for everyone in times of struggle. Dreams are important for maintaining faith as they provide comfort, solace, and hope in a brutal world.
Although, Langston shows a slightly unpleasant attitude in his tone, he is solemn and trustworthy. Out of nowhere someone sent me this poem. All she wants for her son is for him to keep climbing, and never give up. The storyboard below provides an example. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. She ends the poem by stating that she is still climbing and that life is not easy.