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Ballad of Birmingham

Tone describes the way the author seems to feel regarding the subject of the text. In this poem, Randall presents the mother as incredibly sympathetic—her primary concern is the safety of her...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 3:57 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In Dudley Randall's poignant ballad, there is a prevailing situational irony, the contradiction of an event that occurs which is contrary to the expectations of the characters. For, the mother...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2012 12:41 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Another irony connected to the church to which the mother sends her daughter in the effort to keep the child safe is the fact that this particular church, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church of...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2015 7:36 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Dudley Randall's narrative poem about the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, is written in stanzas that form a dialogue between the mother and daughter,...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

It is reasonable to consider that the lyrical nature of the ballad appealed to Dudley Randall since traditionally African and African-American history has been recorded orally and the tribulations...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2015 12:04 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In Randall's "The Ballad of Birmingham," the obvious social conflict is racial discrimination. In the poem, there is a reference to a freedom march which is an allusion to the freedom marches led...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2010 7:08 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In this poem, a little girl asks her mother if she can participate in a Freedom March in the city of Birmingham, but her mother tells her that it is too dangerous with the dogs and clubs and hoses...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 12:42 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Your original question had to be edited because it asked two questions. Enotes does not allow you to ask multiple questions. Please remember this in future. If we look at stanzas 2 and 4, we can...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 6:59 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows more than the character, and it generally serves to build tension in a text. In this case, the mother in the poem is considered to be the character....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017 12:04 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Dudley Randall’s “Ballad of Birmingham” can be compared and contrasted to the traditional popular ballad “Sir Patrick Spens” in a number of ways, particularly with regard to structure and themes....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 10:18 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In Dudley Randall’s “Ballad of Birmingham,” form and content exist in an ironic relationship. Dudley’s poem uses the childlike qualities of the ballad’s form—particularly its rhyme scheme—to draw...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 12:06 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

A ballad is a type of narrative poetry that is song-like and tells a story. “The Ballad of Birmingham” tells you what genre of poem it is in the title. So what exactly is a ballad? A ballad is a...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2013 7:30 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Dudley Randall's beautiful ballad pays tribute to the four little girls who were murdered on September 15, 1963. In the poem, the stanzas shift from mother to daughter. The young, nameless girl...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 8:18 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In 1963, the headlines across the nation stated that six were dead in a bombing in a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bomb had been thrown from a car. It killed four little girls in...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2013 2:05 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

To someone living in 1969, the term Freedom March would probably have brought up images of the large demonstrations for civil rights that had occurred earlier in that decade. The mention of dogs,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009 5:10 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

The irony in "The Ballad of Birmingham" could scarcely be more bitter or more striking. The mother forbids her daughter to go to the Freedom March, which is dangerous, and sends her instead to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 8:59 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Dudley Randall's "Ballad of Birmingham" recounts a poignant tale of a mother and child involved in the 1963 bombing of a predominantly black church in Birmingham, Alabama. The poem is steeped in...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 4:12 pm UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

"Ballad of Birmingham" is set during the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960s. In 1963, racial tension in Birmingham, Alabama, escalated until a bomb exploded in an African American church on...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 11:23 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In this poem, a little girl asks her mother if she can go downtown to march for equal rights for African Americans, but the mother says no. She fears that her daughter will not be safe if she goes...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019 12:05 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

This poem is a tribute to the children who were sacrificial victims of the Civil Rights Movement. Written as a ballad, the poem has been set to music and sung prior to its 1965 publication. The...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2010 3:55 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

In the poem "Ballad of Birmingham", Randall paints a picture of a mother and her daughter. The daughter is characterized as courageous and adventurous but also obedient, whereas her mother is...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 4:53 pm UTC

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Dudley Randall was himself a child when he wrote his first poem after having attended an outdoor musical concert as he returned home and wrote of his experience to the tune of "Maryland, My...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

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If one reads the poem without knowing that little girls were killed in the Birmingham Bombing because they were in the church for Sunday school, and that church was bombed, then the poem still...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009 11:23 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

What a horrible day this turns out to be for a loving mother who wants nothing more than to protect her daughter. Her daughter, rather than just playing with her friends, asks her mother if she can...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 9:08 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

It would be easy for the mother to become bitter and guilt-ridden after her daughter dies. If she chooses this path, nothing but negative things are ahead of her as she wallows in her bitterness...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 9:21 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

Let us remember that the poem has an epigraph under its title that reads "On the bombing of a church in Alabama, 1963." This clearly tells the reader of the event that prompted this brilliant and...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011 2:13 am UTC

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Ballad of Birmingham

I would suggest that it overlaps. The poem is about the 1963 bombing of the16th street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama in which four girls were killed. The church was full of children at this...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2010 7:16 am UTC

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