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Explication Ballad of Birmingham In the poem Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall many different things can be analyzed The difference in the two translations one being a literal translation telling the true meaning of the poem and the other being a thematic translation which tells the authors theme and symbolism used in hisher work Another thing that all poets have in common is the usage of poetic devices such as similes metaphors and personification Before translations and devices readers should first acknowledge the structure of the poem In structure there are 8 different topics speaker setting occasion tone rhyme meter number of lines and stanzas and language of the poem In the Ballad of Birmingham the speaker is a mother and her child the setting is in their house probably in the same room and the occasion is that the child is wanting to go somewhere and the mother is weary of it choosing a more safer place for her to go Next there is the tone The tone of this poem is the child wanting and mother putting her foot down and then in the end the tone changes to sadness When discussing rhyme rhyme is the repetition of words that sound the same and this poem does use the device of rhyme such as play today and me-free Next would be meter which correctly numbers the poem as to which words are used with rhyme This poem is metered like ABCB DEFE GHIH JKLK MNON PQRQ STUT AND VWXW The language of this poem is modern English and the last thing number of lines and stanzas is 32 and 8 That would be that correct structure of this poem In all poems there are also the two most common translations Literal translation is the easiest and most informative In reading the Ballad of Birmingham a Literal translation would be Mother can I please go downtown today instead of
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