A Critical Appreciation Of The Poem 'on My First Sonne' By Ben Jonson

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The title tells us this it's an old poem because of the language and spelling used. Also it tells us that this poem is about is eldest son. The poem is an elegy meaning he laments the death of his eldest son and is expressing his grief through words and poetry. The general subject of this poem is the writer going through the misery of his son's death and it's a dedication of his deceased son. It's an old fashioned piece of poetry.I think the poem is about the writer trying to get over the death of his son and makes people feel sorry for his loss. "Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy..." this shows it is an old poem because of the use of language also he loved his son a lot 'joy'. It also tells you his son was 7 years old when he died 'seven yeeres tho'wert lent to me...' tells us this. 'For whose sake, hence-forth, all his vowes be such, As what he loves may never like to much' suggests that he won't love as easily anymore because he was hurt deeply, he was stained and tainted, he was referring to the future, he would never love too much again because of the pain caused when they left like his son. Also, 'hence-forth' means from now on, he wouldn't love as much incase of the pain if they died. 'Ben Jonson his best piece of poetrie' shows it's his best piece of poetry because it's dedicated for his son and expresses deeply his sorrow. It could also mean, his son was his best piece of poetry. 'Rest in soft peace' shows sincere feelings towards his son. 'To have so soone scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage...' indicates that his son left the world so soon and left him going through pain and suffering. I think he was looking for closure he was going through the process of grief. I think the poet wrote this poem to help him through the rough times in life, telling and expressing his feelings, letting them all out instead of keeping it inside and building it up into depression. The poet knew he must let go and move on with his life, not linger on and miss out on the good things in life, this is a message he could possibly send to other people when they read his poem. In his poem he opened us his heart to the readers, making readers feel the pain, I'm sure no one could possibly imagine how it feels to loose someone unless it actually had happened to you. The poet had a slight feeling of guilt and great feeling of loss. 'Exacted by thy fate, on the just day' suggests it was fate, destiny on the day his son was meant to die. He doesn't understand why man should mourn the state he should envy 'will...

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