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In the poem Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall written in 1969 Mr Randall uses of irony to describes the events of the mothers decision and also her concern for the welfare of her darling little child It seems odd that this child would even know what a freedom march is but this would be considered normal back in the early 1960s when Mr Martin Luther King Jr had rallies and freedom marches to free the African American people from discrimination and segregation Hunter 6 It also seems very ironic that the young child is acting like an adult in this particular situation Hunter 12 I think the mother would be the one who would want to got to the march to free her people not the child In the poem Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall written in 1969 Mr Randall uses tone and irony to describe the events of the mothers decisions and as well as her concern for her childs well being In the first stanza irony is used in order to make reading the poem more interesting The situation in this first stanza is also very important The little child is in a desperate situation and wants to help better the lives of the African Americans Randall also focuses on specific culture here The speaker is allowing the reader to make a mental picture of one specific march in Birmingham Hunter 17 But you know as well as I that with peace marches and rallies comes violence and hostility This is exactly what the little girls mother is afraid of this is why she will not let her go to the march It also seems weird that her mother is so sure that going to church instead of going to the march will be the best thing for her Hunter 19-20 Typically a church is to be a very safe and sacred
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