Explain the significance of the "crystal stair" in "Mother to Son."

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The language of Langston Hughes's "Mother to Son" is colloquial and informal. The poem does not have a formal structure. The language represents the rhythms and diction of actual speech. This feature shows Hughes's true talent. A major theme in the poem is the stages of life, as symbolized by the stairway.

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