The Question and Answer section for Langston Hughes: Poems is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The central narrative voice describes an African American (or Negro, in this 1923 poem), in Harlem, New ... The tone of both the narrator and the singer, with his “melancholy tone” and his playing that comes ...
In the early 1950s, America was still racially segregated. African Americans were saddled with the legacy of slavery, which essentially rendered them second-class citizens in the eyes of the law, particularly in the South. Change was bubbling up,...
The speaker (mother) is telling her son that she has had a hard life and that he should prepare for hardship as well.
Langston Hughes' Mother to SonLife for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,