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Arna Bontemps - Southern Mansion

Poplars are standing there still as death
And ghosts of dead men
Meet their ladies walking
Two by two beneath the shade
And standing on the marble steps.

There is a sound of music echoing
Through the open door
And in the field there is
Another sound tinkling in the cotton:
Chains of bondmen dragging on the ground.

The years go back with an iron clank,
A hand is on the gate,
A dry leaf trembles on the wall.
Ghosts are walking.
They have broken roses down
And poplars stand there still as death.

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Poet: Arna Bontemps
Poem: Southern Mansion
Poem of the Day: Dec 4 2000

Comment 18 of 18, added on December 21st, 2014 at 9:11 AM.

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crorkzz from Lesotho
Comment 17 of 18, added on April 17th, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

the poem opens and ends in the same idea of death . Personification serves to portray "poplars" trees as a witness abouy the historical legacy of slavers ,it aims to connect the past to the present.However the simile in "still as death" avokes the silence of te poplars tree.

radhia amaidi from Algeria
Comment 16 of 18, added on January 25th, 2010 at 10:05 PM.

Alright. Well, I, myself thought it was a well-written poem, description-wise, at least, although I don't like poetry much. But please, if you have something to comment about how you disliked the poem, have a legitimate reason if you wish to share it and please, I beg of you, show that you have a fraction of intelligence unlike some on here...

Kylie from United States

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