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Analysis and comments on Southern Mansion by Arna Bontemps

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Comment 12 of 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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
Comment 7 of 22, added on February 3rd, 2007 at 2:54 PM.

Certain and special ideas are in this poem.as a good example we can refer
to the words like poplar,marble and cotton.These things are all white,the
color of death.Or the use of the words representing sounds like
tinkling,dragging and iron clank.The use of one sentence at the beginning
and the end of the poem also is interesting.
There are some materials in this poem that refer to idea of DEATH.For
instance,the use of the words poplars,marble,cotton that are all white and
have the color of death.Or the alliteration in the first line by using the
sounds [t],[d] and [th].Ghosts,which are the most important feature in the
poem,also remind the reader this idea.Music echoing,which is a sound of the
music gradually disappearing,is another factor reminding death.
There are three different visions in each stansa of the poem.The first
stansa contains the seeing vision and the experience gotten by seeing.The
second stansa,however,refers to the hearing of the sounds.The last stansa
of the poem refers to the review of history by the sentence:"The years go
back with an iron clank"These three visions can have some emotional effects
on the reader in order to get the idea of the poem better.
The tense of the sentences in the poem is also important.All of the tenses
are different aspects of the present tense.There is no sentence with the
past future tense in the poem.This use of tense makes the reader closer to
the scene of the poetry and improves the effect of the poem.
If we have a good look,we see that there are some things apparently not
related at all.For example,the hand on the gate,the poplars,the ghosts and
the roses broken down by them and the dry leaf.But if we pay attention,we
see that thge choice of these things is very smart.All,except the
hand,refer to the idea of death.the hand also can be the hand of the poet
himself who is describing the scene while his hand is on the door.
The mansion usually is the place of joy,but in this poem its glory has
fallen.Maybe if its residents had not broken roses down,it would not had
happened.Roses can be symbol of the others' right in life here.
At the end I think that this poem is a very good poem for teaching
poetry.Because it has different ideas represented by different visions that
can create very useful comments in a class.

Siavash Ghazisaidi from Iran
Comment 6 of 22, added on April 10th, 2006 at 9:26 PM.

What does this poem mean exactly i would like to know so i could understand
it better..thank you

Tee from Canada
Comment 5 of 22, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 7:45 AM.

Great commentary on slavery and its wrongs

Jakima Davis from United States
Comment 4 of 22, added on January 30th, 2006 at 8:13 PM.

This is the best poem from my best poet!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 3 of 22, added on January 30th, 2006 at 1:34 PM.

Yo this Poem is about weed i think..

Money Mike from Colombia

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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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