How does the poem's use of language and free verse contribute to the author's purpose in "Mother to Son"?

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In "Mother to Son," Langston Hughes gives a message of encouragement to black Americans struggling against poverty and racial injustice. The language of the poem and the free verse format contribute to the message by creating a dramatic monologue. The words chosen and the sentence structure create a believable pep talk that a black mother might have given to her son in 1922 (when the poem was written) or even today.

Hughes uses dialect to create a realistic form of expression in lines 9, 18, and 19. The use of "I'se" for...

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