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Analysis of Jonson's On My First Son

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Analysis of Jonson's On My First Son

 
The poem entitled On My First Son  is a pouring out of a father's soul-a soul that pours out every last drop of pain, anguish, and love for his deceased son neatly into a beautiful poem.  Ben Jonson illustrates his love and loss with concreteness and passion.  Just as an artist creates a painting on paper with a pallet of colors and different types of brushes, Jonson uses thoughtful phrasing and strong diction to create a vivid word painting of his son.

 

    The phrasing of this poem can be analyzed on many levels.  Holistically, the poem moves the father through three types of emotions.  More specifically, the first lines of the poem depict the father s deep sadness toward the death of his son.  The line  Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy  creates a mental picture in my mind (Line 1). I see the father standing over the coffin in his blackest of outfits with sunglasses shading his eyes from the sun because even the sun is too bright for his day of mourning.  The most beautiful scarlet rose from his garden is gripped ...

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