Dudley Randall's Ballad of Birmingham: Literary Analysis and Interpretation

Dudley Randall was born on the 14th of January, 1914 in Washington, D.C. Randall led a life of intellectual exploration, service, and literary entrepreneurship. He started writing poetry at an early age, and filled notebooks throughout his years, drawing on the civil right movements, work experiences, travels, and personal experiences for inspiration. In addition to … Read more

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham, Ballad of Birmingham, and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: A Comparative Study on Poetic Forms

Based on the lessons in this course, it is evident that poems are delivered in various forms, depending on the poets’ situations or experiences. Three poems by Dryden, Randal, and Thomas (“To the Memory of Mr. Oldham”, “Ballad of Birmingham”, and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”) reflect on the subjects of death, … Read more