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Mother to Son

by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor--
Bare.
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.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it kinder hard.
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.

1.What words or phrases are used to extend the comparison?
2. What images indicate that the joruney through life has been difficult?

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  1. 1. The speaker uses "and" to extend the comparison/
    2. We can tell that the journey has been diffcult because she compares it to walking on a staircase with tacks, splinters, torn-up, and in the dark.

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