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    nostalgic and wistful people looking back on their teen years, the good years, approaches stereotype. Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, on the surface, appears to employ the same stereotype of a wistful old man experiencing a bout of retrospection for his lost friend and the times he once had. The narrator of Carson McCullers’s “Ballad of the Sad Café” in The Ballad of the Sad Café works with the same forlorn recollection of when the town was more alive. Both narrators use two distinct voices to recount their unique stories, weaving their second, lamenting voice between the first narrating voice with grace and shocking fluidity. Although both lamenting voices slow the narration, they provide deeper insight into the narrator’s…

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    Sharyn Mccrumb's Hangings

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    Hangings The Ballads of Sharyn McCrumb published The Ballad of Frankie Silver in 1998; compared to another novel by Sharyn McCrumb The Ballad of Tom Dooley, a novel published in 2011. In both of these novels, two people were hung, two people showed their love for others, two people killed, and two lawyers appointed by the court. Although McCrumb wrote both novels, she based both on facts found in North Carolina’s History. Both have similar characters and are both written and researched…

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    The historical ballad “Los vientos eran contrarios” was written anonymously, as were most Spanish ballads. According to Colin Smith, it “is probably the oldest of the King Roderick ballads, composed in the second half of the 15th century”. It details the conquering of Spain as a result of King Roderigo sleeping with the virgin daughter- la Cava- of Count Julían. A maid, Fortuna, predicts the King’s future as well as the subjugation of Spain. The poem ends with news of Count Julían’s invasion,…

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    “Flash upon my inward eye”: The Role of Reflection and Tranquility in William Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” In his preface to Lyrical Ballads, William Wordsworth famously writes that “all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth, Wu 509). However, it is important to note that he modifies this statement by adding that “though this be true, Poems to which any value can be attached were never produced on any variety of subjects but by a man who, being possessed of…

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    Wordsworth invented a new style of poetry, in which nature and the diction of men expressed throughout the poems In 1798, Wordsworth had a poetry collection called, Lyrical Ballads, which helped the romantic era of English literature grow. Writers in this era were inspired by the structure and diction used to describe nature and the everyday life of a man. In the poem “Daffodils” the structure of the poem is very traditional using most of the structure elements of most poems, like the stanza,…

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    Ballad of Birmingham The Ballad of Birmingham is a highly emotive poem, written by Dudley Randall which is set in the highly divided and segregated city of Birmingham Alabama in 1963. The primary aim of this poem is to depict both the horror and suffering associated with race relations in Birmingham in 1963. This poem seeks to appeal to every single person regardless of race, gender, age, etc. The author does an excellent job in doing this by using a relationship in which we can all empathize…

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    The irony in “Ballad of Birmingham” is what gives the poem its unique feel and the power that it had during the Civil Rights movement. As stated in Susan Jolley’s “Integrating Poetry and To Kill a Mockingbird” this poem “teaches irony, imagery, the power of poetry, and the history of our country.” (Jolley) This means that this poem is a generational poem and still holds power to this day because of its literary devices such as irony. In this poem Randall incorporates situational irony by giving…

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    Why did Dudley Randall chose “Ballad of Birmingham”to captivate in poetic form? Well Dudley Randall wrote a poem over “Ballad of Birmingham” instead of story so we can understand what happened on that days, to make us feel emotional while reading this poem, and to make it easier and shorter. Firstly, Dudley Randall wrote this poem so people can understand what/when happen on that day. This poem describe about how this one girl wanted to go see street marching but her mother didn't let…

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    Crow was in place. “Ballad of Birmingham” is a downhearted poem about a young African-American girl who was attending Sunday school services and loses her life in a bombing. Her mother sent her off to church and “smiled…

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    In the poem Ballad of Birmingham, it isa about a young girl and her mother. They live in a a during a time where segregation, the young girl wants to march for his freedom, to end the racial problem in the United States, it is based on a true event that happened where an African American church got bombed. The author depicts irony, she doesn't want to let her daughter go down to march in the freedom parade because it is to dangerous for a young girl. But instead she sends her to church where…

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