"Keep on hangin on in there, no matter the obstacles."
Mother to Son
The poem is about a mother telling her son to not give up, because she knows how hard it is.
The characters in the story are The Mother and The Son.
There is no conflict.
There is a resolution. The mother told her son that even though she went through alot during her life, she kept hanging on and kept trying to make the best of it, so she knew he could too.
Figures of speech are being used. The Mother is comparing life to crystal stair(s). The mother is saying her life wasn't a crystal staircase, meaning not everything was pretty and perfect throughout her life.
A good theme would be, "keep on hangin in there, no matter the obstacles, because it gets better if you let it." because the mother went through alot, but she didn't slow down for anything, that she wasn't gonna let life get the best of her.
Some quotes from the poem that'll help support my theme:
"Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor—Bare.But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on." and, "Don’t you set down on the steps ’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now— For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
The mother is telling her son to not give up, because it isn't worth it, and things will get better. She is telling her son that she has been through alot, describing her life as almost the opposite of a crystal stair, she described her life as a stair that has nails and tacks and splinters and boards torn up on it, but she's still going, trying to make the best of it.