Analysis Of Mother To Son By Laurence Perrine

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1.1 Background of The Study
Poetry is one of genres in literature. When we try to define it, we will find out that poetry, just like love, is not something easy to be defined. Laurence Perrine in “Sounds and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry” (1969:3) defines poetry as a kind of language that says more and says it more intensely than does ordinary language. From that definition, we can say that poetry contains a complexity of human’s feeling and mind. In order to understand the meaning of a poetry, analyzing the poetry itself will be very helpful. We have to use our feeling to catch the feeling of it. A poetry can be interpreted differently because each person has their own feeling, their own opinion, their own understanding or their own experience. Analyzing poetry by its intrinsic and extrinsic elements will help us to be able to have a greater understanding about its meaning.

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To understand the using of symbols in the poetry.
2. To understand the using of tone in the poetry.
3. To understand the power of mother figures.
4. To appreciate a work of literature.

I.3 Scope of The Study
The scope of this study is the analysis of the intrinsic and the extrinsic elements in “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. The intrinsic elements that are being analyzed here are symbol and tone, while for its extrinsic elements are the understanding about how strong a woman as a mother is.

II.1 Biography of Langston

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