by John Crowe Ransom
Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter
Year of Publication:
14 - 15
Death of a child
Things to Discuss:
What is the irony in this poem? What is it that "astonishes all?"
About the Poem:
This poem uses a mixture of grave and happy times as symbols of life and death.
About the Poet:
John Ransom was born in Tennessee, educated at Vaderbilt University and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After serving as an artillery officer in the First World War he joined the English faculty at Vanderbilt and later became Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College. He founded the The Fugitive as a voice for agrarian-distributists. The Agrarians were a group of southern writers who favored agriculture as the economic base for the south as an attempt to recreate the historic southern aristocracy.
Glossary of Terms:
brown study: attitude of reflection; bruited: reported