How has the speaker in “Mother to Son” responded to her life experiences?

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The speaker in this poem is the eponymous mother. The mother addresses the poem to her son and offers him advice as to how to live his life, based on her own life experiences. She tells her son that her life "ain't been no crystal stair" and that sometimes her life has been "dark" and "Bare." The mother uses the extended metaphor of a staircase, leading to "landin's" and "corners," to describe the journey that she has had to navigate in her own life. She says that there have been...

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