01 June 2016

The Superiority of the Southern Accent


"Most of the world regards Southern accented English as a sign of a superior person.  Yankees pretend to believe it is a mark of ignorance, but their pretense in this, as in many other matters, is a cover-up for jealousy.  The poet Robert Lowell, a very Boston Brahmin of the Boston Brahmins, went to Tennessee as a young man and lived in a tent in Allen Tate’s and Caroline Gordon’s yard.  For the rest of his life he spoke with a Southern accent.  You can hear it in the videos of his anti-Vietnam speeches." ~ Clyde Wilson

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