Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


"Mother to Son"



Langston Hughes

(February 1, 1902 May 22, 1967)




"Mother to Son" Notes

This poem was published in Hughes's first collection of poetry The Weary Blues (1926).

2  ain't: dialect for hasn't

9  I'se: dialect for I've

15  set: sit

16  kinder: kind of, kinda, sort of 



Study Questions

  • The poem begins: "Well, son, I'll tell you:" What do you think prompted the speaker to respond thus?



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2202234 Introduction to the Study of English Literature

Acharn Puckpan Tipayamontri

June 12, 2013

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