What are some modernist characteristics of Langston Hughes's poem "Mother to Son"?
One characteristic of modernist poetry is the use of symbolism. In "Mother to Son ," the speaker uses lots of symbolism to convey her message to her son. For example, she tells her son twice that life for her "ain't been no crystal stair." The "crystal" here is a symbol of wealth and luxury, implying that the mother has lived a hard life of struggle rather than an easy, comfortable life....
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