By analysing Jonson’s use of the elegy, this poetic mode of presentation reveals how compression and conciseness fulfil the achievement of “On My First Son”. However, in first considering the definition of the elegy as “a formal and sustained lament in verse for the death of a particular person, usually ending in consolation” this will demonstrate how Jonson conforms to the traditional structure of the elegy. For example, Jonson’s elegy is traditional as he depicts a father mourning for his son. The apostrophe of “Farewell, thou child” immediately conveys the death of a son, whom Jonson later warmly refers to as his “loved boy”. The title in itself “On My First Son” similarly conveys the speaker’s personal relationship to the son he is mourning.
Again in line 2, when the poet says “My sinne was too much hope of thee, lov’d boy”, the poem suggests that Ben had taken his son much for granted as if now he possessed him and so loved him too much. It is ironical as he is comparing the love towards his son as a sin. As mentioned, he now considered that, love, his “sin” which has a deep meaning from a religious point of view. A sin, in the eye of GOD is a bad deed but in this case means a mistake or an error. The language used, hence in relation with religion, exclaims Ben Jonson’s sorrow and love for the child; despite the fact that he is in a way happy ... ... middle of paper ... ...es of the poem.
Finally On My First Sonne by Ben Johnson is about the death of his son and the religious view of the situation. Both Heaney and Johnson's poems are about the death of a close loved one and how it is dealt with emotionally and in reality. On looking at the title of Heaney's poem, you almost immediately assume that is a happy one, possibly about what he spends his holidays doing. This of course is not the case. Unlike the other two poems, you do not know immediately who has died or even if there is a death.
The poem “Mid-Term Break”, written by Seamus Heaney is about the death of the author’s brother and it shows how people reacted to this. It is written from the point of view of young Heaney, taken from school after his brother died. The poem successfully conveys Heaney’s sense of grief through various poetic techniques such as metaphor, simile and alliteration. It does not have a specific rhythm, but there is rhyme in the final two lines of the poem. There are seven stanzas with three lines per stanza.
The first poem I have chosen to analyse is Mid-Term Break. This is about Heaneys memory of losing his brother, Christopher by a car accident. Before reading the poem, the title 'Mid-Term Break' would suggest the feeling of happiness, and creates the idea of relaxation and calmness. As you begin to read the poem, you realise that Heaney was being bitterly ironic. The poem itself is about Heaney losing a loved ... ... middle of paper ... ...jambement to help both poems flow.
The poem focuses on the son’s feelings and thoughts as he is looking up at what he perceives to be his father’s hospital window. The second stanza concretes the literal foundation for the poem—the son is despondent about the gravity of the situation revolving around his father’s cond... ... middle of paper ... ... not afraid for his life, because he knows that through this religious experience, he will have the same fate as his father. It is like his father is already in heaven and reaching out to his son, letting him know that everything is going to be okay. Dickey is a mastermind at truly evoking mental images and feedback from the reader through his brilliant writing style. By the end of the poem, the reader has felt as if he or her has ridden on a roller coaster of a keen portrayal of the reality of death, the sentiment felt by those left behind by the dead, and also the power of faith.
‘My first Sonne’ is also autobiographical, but is about the death of Ben Johnson’s seven year old son. Despite the fact that both poems are about death the poets’ emotions are very different, ban Johnson regrets loving his son and Heaney finds peace when he sees his brother once again. In life there is a moral order of death, which is that parents should never have to bury their children, but both the poems are the opposite of the moral order. Even though both poems are different responses to death I think that they are both equally effective. The poets’ use of lexis, structures and themes help make their poems effective.
He speaks of God and His plan and how it supercedes the plans o... ... middle of paper ... ...ificed for all the sins of mankind. Feeling ashamed and sad, he questions his own faith by saying that his son was too young to have scaped world s and flesh s rage (Lines8, 9). Finally, he uses a tender word like peace to signal that he has accepted his son s death, forgiven himself and God, and realizes that everything will be all right. This poem touched my heart not only as a person that could see the mastery in his phrasing and his word choices, but I also have many people that I love, and if and when they die, I will probably feel the same way. It is amazing how Jonson can tie all his feelings into such a short poem.
Mid Term Break by Seumas Heaney The title of the poem is deliberately deceptive because the phrase 'Mid Term Break' suggests a term-time holiday, which is normally a happy occasion. In reality, the meaning of the title is considerably less cheerful as, later in the poem, we learn that Heaney's younger brother has died. Therefore, the word 'break' in the title refers to a break in the family. In the first stanza, we are immediately aware that there is tragedy underlying the poem. The phrase "Counting bells knelling classes to a close" signifies that there has perhaps been a death; bells 'knelling' are often linked to funeral processions.
In contrast to the rest of the poem, Heaney finally writes more personally, beginning with the personal pronoun “I”. He describes his memory with an atmosphere that is soft and peaceful “Snowdrops and Candles soothed the bedside” as opposed to the harsh and angry adjectives previously used such as “stanched” and “crying”. With this, Heaney is becoming more and more intimate with his time alone with his brother’s body, and can finally get peace of mind about the death, but still finding the inevitable sadness one feels with the loss of a loved one “A four foot box, a foot for every year”, indirectly telling the reader how young his brother was, and describing that how unfortunate the death was.