How does Bob Dylan add an ironic touch to the ending of the poem John Brown?

How does Bob Dylan add an ironic touch to the ending of the poem John Brown?

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  1. Bob Dylan adds an ironic touch to the poem, “John Brown” at the very end when John Brown “called his mother close/ And dropped his medals down into her hand.” John Brown’s mother is very concerned with the materialistic gain from the war instead of worrying whether she will even see her son again. She is ignorant of the horrors of the war and hence, Bob Dylan chooses to end the poem by John Brown giving his mother the medals, when he himself was barely alive.

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