Compare and Contrast ‘On my fist Sonne’ and ‘Mid Term Break’
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Both of these poems have many similarities in their content. They both have a relationship status in the poems. The author writes about his son as he is the father. The father thinks he has done a sin, a sin that god didn’t like. These two poems have relationships in which they incorporated to the author’s life.
In ‘On My First Sonne’ this poem has a father son relationship in which the father ponders on the fact that GOD has took his son which is explained in the second line “My sin was too much hope of thee, lov’d boy.” This brings us to the conclusion that this poem has a religious view and can relate to as the date ‘1572-1637’ was in a different era where many of the citizens were very religious people. This shows that the father (author) cares about his son, and is willing to believe that god has took “Thou child of my right hand and joy,” for a punishment in which he believes for a sin he has done to god or his family.
Ben Jonson the author, has wrote this elegy to explain his inner hurt, for this is an easy and creative way to vent his feelings and beliefs why his son has been took away from him. To write a poem this full with emotion must be hard and exhausting, he must have been very miserable as his son of his ‘gift’ had been taken back. “Rest in soft peace” suggests that Ben Jonson feels that his son was taken far too early for his age, also that he wishes for his son to be in peace. This line also makes us think that the father is saying goodbye to his beloved son. Ben has structured his poem, in a short length, to represent his son’s short life. This is a creative way share out his feelings. Ben Jonson’s poem reflects on the father’s pain for a lost child. He doesn’t usually write many poems that show his true feelings he normally is very cynical in his poems.
‘On My First Sonne’ this poem has rhyming couplets all the way through the poem, this poem has used many old English words so most of them are now pronounced different. So it’s as thought it does not rhyme. For example “Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay. Exacted by the fate, on the just day.