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Analysis and comments on Southern Mansion by Arna Bontemps

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Comment 17 of 17, 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 17, 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
Comment 15 of 17, added on October 5th, 2009 at 11:52 AM.

I loved this poem and if you didnt YOU are racist and slow because its got
a great theme and story behind it maybe i sould beat you.


Aaron from Canada
Comment 14 of 17, added on December 22nd, 2008 at 10:42 AM.

This is one of the best poems I have read concerning the "ghosts" of
slavery that will forever haunt the landscapes of the south. For the
person from Australia who knows evidently nothing of the black american
experience during slavery-- Arna Bontemps in this poem shows (wonderfully)
how the 'spirit/existence of slavery' is still present along with the
'physical' presence of the tree (which is still standing) throughout the
years: the pain, suffering, hardship,war and death of many a people, more
certainly the slaves who lived on that plantation cannot be removed. The
tree being the physical persona still existing and the ghostly persona of
the "past" that still remains. Hope this helps

Gin from United States
Comment 13 of 17, added on January 9th, 2008 at 8:19 AM.

This poem sucks. OKay so not only is this poem boring its very stupid.
Seriously i wish i never read it because it def. wasted my time. and i dont
think its bout weed but it would make it better...

Katie from Australia
Comment 12 of 17, added on April 18th, 2007 at 10:58 PM.

I love the way Bontemps depicts the slavery movement and put in clear
images the conditions the slaves were made to go through. His imagery about
the living conditions of blacks in wooden buildings yet having the
happiness of living is great. I think he merged the elements
chronologically and in comprehensive details. I love this poem.

Kwasi Oppong from United States
Comment 11 of 17, added on March 15th, 2007 at 11:54 PM.

I am a very big Arna fan and i have to agree with the comment left by dr.
benton. It took me a while to understand what bontemps was trying to say in
Golgotha is a mountain. after a few times reading it i got the main point
of his poem. when he uses mountains he is referring to the hardships of the
african americans. the mountains represent the deaths of them!

Sonya Vaio from Ecuador
Comment 10 of 17, added on March 15th, 2007 at 11:34 PM.

it kind of reminds me of another of Bontemp's poems, Golgotha is a
Mountain. Within Golgotha is a Mountain Bontemps epitomizes the corruption
of the black man's treasure by the mountains which are conveyed images of
burial grounds"

Dr. J.D. Benton from Canada
Comment 9 of 17, added on March 15th, 2007 at 11:01 PM.

bontemps is refering to slavery being the death of the African Heritage.

brunswick meiyers from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 17, added on February 21st, 2007 at 9:06 PM.

this poem is about slaves. you have to analyze the poem line by line to
figure that out. it shows that they got hanged on the poplars. and it also
showed they singing a funeral song for the slave that got hung.

Mimi from United States

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Poet: Arna Bontemps
Poem: Southern Mansion
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 4 2000


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