Study Guide

Ballad of Birmingham Stanza 7

By Dudley Randall

Stanza 7

Lines 25-28

For when she heard the explosion,
Her eyes grew wet and wild.
She raced through the streets of Birmingham
Calling for her child.

  • The church was bombed, as we know from the history referenced in the poem's title. 
  • It seems that, after she heard the explosion, the mother knew instantly that something had gone wrong, even though she couldn't have known that her daughter was involved at that point. 
  • At this point in the poem, we don't actually know if she was, either, though we have a bad feeling. 
  • The mother has that bed feeling, too. She races off to find her daughter with eyes that are "wide" with fear and "wet" with tears.

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