A Comparison Of Mother To Son And Harlem, Both By Langston Hughes

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Comparison of “Mother to Son” and “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” by Langston Hughes

The comparison between two poems are best analyzed through the form and meaning of the pieces. “Mother to Son” and “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” both written by the profound poet Langston Hughes, depicts many similarities and differences between the poems. Between these two poems the reader can identify his flow of writing through analyzing the form and meaning of each line.
Form and meaning are what readers need to analyze to understand the poem that they are evaluating. In “Mother to Son”, his form of writing that is used frequently, is free verse. There is no set “form”, but he gets his point ...view middle of the document...

Her tone throughout the poem is stern telling the boy, “So boy, don’t turn your back (462).” The poems tone almost makes the reader believe that the mother is talking to them, almost as if I am being taught a valuable lesson. Analyzing this poem helps relate it to other poems such as, “Harlem (A Dream Deferred).”
“Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” is a poem that shows how someone’s deepest needs can end up leading to ruins. In this poem it is different from “Mother to Son” because it uses many more literary devices, such as similes and metaphors. Unlike the other poem, this poem incorporates a little rhyme to allow it to flow more smoothly. Instead of telling a story, the rhyming within allows the poem to be expressed differently to the reader then “Mother to Son”. The meaning of this poem incorporates the idea of “Dreams”. Everyone has different dreams on what they want to happen. Just like in “Mother to Son” it is telling the reader to keep moving on and accomplish what is important. In “A Dream Deferred” instead of coming out and saying...

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