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 words “he had always taken funerals in his stride” show that death has been experienced before, although not in this way. His father usually took “funerals in his stride’. It shows how devastating this tragic accident was for Heaney’s family. In the third stanza, the baby is innocent and unaware of the events that are taking place, “cooed and laughed and rocked the pram”. By the words “i was embarrassed and “shake my hand” it is shown how Heaney had to take the role... ... middle of paper ... ...for every year”, onomatopoeia “bells knelling”, euphemism “sorry for my trouble” and repetition with the work “foot”.
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The poets’ use of lexis, structures and themes help make their poems effective. Meaning is important in both poems, it shows us that death can strike at any time and can have a great impact on us. I think both poems have straight forward meaning- we see Benn Johnson trying to create meaning in his poem for why his son died. Ben Johnson blames himself for loving his child too much, even though we know that infant mortality was high at this point. Johnson does not take into mind the context of the time he was living in.
In addition the word "knelling" ironically suggests... ... middle of paper ... ...his poem and as a result successfully conveyed the sadness and misery of losing a loved one. I particularly was moved when he used a simile to describe his brother as sleeping rather than dead; it portrayed his brother as an innocent little boy. Moreover, when he created a soft image of a hideous scar I was touched as he obviously loved his brother to a great extent. I sympathise with Heaney to a great length as it is a tragic loss to lose a family member especially if it is someone you are exceptionally close to like a brother or sister. This poem has revealed to me the true significance of life and also the unimaginable pain of death.
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