Group: Ariella Cross, Kayli Read

"Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter" By John Crowe Ransom

1. This poem is about a very young girl's death. The poem describes her alive and the nature of her life, then begins to talk about the funeral.
2. Alliteration: such speed (1st line), primly propped (20th line), green grass (10th line)
Imagery: 4th stanza, the girl is chasing the geese away. The way it is written gives a really detailed image to work with.
Metaphor: apple-dream, brown study, and dripping their snow on the green grass.
  • Apple- dream describes the natural, peaceful dreams the geese are having.
  • Brown study describes her skin color and her persona.(living and dead)
  • Dripping their snow on the green grass could either describe their droppings or their peaceful natures leaking onto the ground.
Setting: The poem took place in the beginning at the house and her yard(or outside) and in the end, the poem takes place at the funeral.
Simile: The lazy geese, like a snow cloud. (9th line)
Endstop: There are end stops in the last line of the first and last stanzas.
Consonance: There are repetition of ending sounds in almost every line. For example the ending words of most lines share a similar end sound or pronunciation. They are : footfall/all ; beyond/pond ; cloud/proud ; grass/ alas ; rise/skies ; stopped/propped.
Symbol: The peaceful yet morbid ringing of the bells represents the last message of letting go that is sent to the people at funerals.

3. The structure of the author's poetry is very formal. He has rhythm, rhyme, and the usual five stanza, four line requirement.
The tone of the writer's piece is very happy when it flashes back, but is very gloomy and morbid when it comes to reality.
The style of the author is, again, very formal. He has a lot of obscure meanings throughout the poem that he does not want to just be straight forward and say. He also uses imagery to get a message across.

4. This poem is southern because it is implied that the young girl is black and that she is living during a time of segregation (or around the time that racial discriminations still lingered). She could have been murdered during that time period for useless tasks. Usually in the south, people have very traditional funerals. They dress the deceased very properly and nicely (see: "Lying so primly propped") and have bells as a tradition. Also, the ideal southern culture is outside, which is the setting for most of the stanzas.

5. The word that would be used to describe this poem would be nostalgic.