Academy of American Poets: Edna St. Vincent Millay
At this site, you’ll learn about the important
role Millay’s mother played in the poet’s career.
What does this information add to your understanding
of "The Courage That My Mother Had"?
Share your thoughts with your classmates.
Academy of American Poets: Langston Hughes
Listen to Hughes read his poetry at this site.
Click on The Negro Speaks of Rivers and
on Hear it! for a recording of the poem.
What message does the speaker of this poem have
for African Americans? Then reread "Mother
to Son." What advice does the mother give
her son? In the Web
Links Activity Log, write a paragraph comparing
the speakers of the two poems and the messages
they have for listeners.