Reflective Response - Patterson - "Birmingham 1963". A Reflective Response paper written describing the situation in the poem.
Patterson, Raymond L. Birmingham 1963. Retellings: A Thematic Literature Anthology. Eds. Clarke, M.B. and A.G. Clarke. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2004. 886-887
The poem sets up a strong contrast between the girl's restlessness at home and the complete rest created by her death. What language in the poem reinforces this contrast? What is the speaker's attitude toward the contrasts? What does it say about the possibility of peacefulness in life?
During the poem I found there were a few key phrases, scattered here and there, that painted the picture of both restlessness and complete rest. Starting…
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