I need help writing an essay comparing "Mother To Son" by Langston Hughes with "Advice to My Son" by J. Peter Meinke.

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This is a truly interesting comparison. If I were writing this essay, I would organize my ideas into three main topics I wished to compare and contrast, being sure to make selections that show commonalities and differences between the two poems.

You could look at the focus or theme of each poem as one topic. "Mother to Son" focuses advice in one direction: Life is hard, so don't give up. She provides various examples from her own life to support the necessity and possibility of remaining strong through adversity. In "Advice to My Son," the author's focus isn't so singular. While the overall message is how to live life, there are various (and sometimes humorous) examples, from which girl to marry to the importance of serving wine with dinner. Thus, the tone is also different between the two poems. "Mother to Son" is stern while "Advice to My Son" shifts from concerned to humorous.

You could also examine the language between the two poems. Both are written in an accessible language, making...

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