Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall Essays

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     The Ballad of Birmingham resembles a traditional ballad in that it tells a story in a song-like manner. The didactic tone seeks to teach us something; in this case it’s the theme of needless destruction. There are many devices the author uses to create such a tone and to tell such a story.      First of all, the most visible element of importance is the irony. A kid dying in a church where his mom told him to go to be safe is very ironic and it completely portrays the current situation of racial violence in the southern states. No one would want to be stuck in the mother’s situation and your heart pains for her struggle.      Dialogue both begins and ends…show more content…
She is very much a common sense figure. It also goes so far as to parallel the two voices for the black community at that time. One voice was proactive and wanted to march for freedom and the other wanted to kneel and pray rather than stand up for their rights.      Another contrast is the vision of the woman before the bombing at the church and after the bombing at the church. At the beginning she is described in a whole stanza, as if a camera were slowly panning her entire figure. Her beautiful hair and white clothing make one think of a pure, angelic figure. Then, suddenly, in one line, her description is a new one, “Her eyes grew wet and wild.” It seems like the camera now just flashed to her face as it turns to look at it. The short verses long descriptions show the reader her state of being. The long lined description gives a feeling of sereneness, then the one-liner shows the reader her panic and shock      The structure of the last three stanzas leaves us hanging from each one. If there was a song to this as music would rise in volume and pitch at each of the final stanza lines. If you read the poem right, the lines seem to echo in your head and slow your progress to the next stanza.      There were a few interesting lines in the poem that were particularly well written. When the mother is denying her kid the right to march, she says “For I fear
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