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On My First Son

By: Gabby Ponzini and Rachel Canonico

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on 8 February 2013

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Transcript of On My First Son

On My On My First Son About On My First Son Written in 1616 after the death of Ben Jonsons first son
Reflection of a father's pain
Type of poem- Elegy
Poem consists of one twelve-line stanza of iambic pentameter rhyming couplets
Contrasts what he feels to what he should feel
Written as if he is speaking to his son
Genre - Epigram Paraphrasing On My First Son Goodbye to his first son. His problem was that he hoped too much for him. Son was born 7 years ago. He's paying by mourning by what happened on that day. He isn't a father anymore. Why do men mourn over something they should envy? They could escape the world's rage and anger. The son died so young and inexperienced. The only sad thing was how young he was. Rest in peace and on the son's gravestone is a Ben Jonson poem. From here on all his promises he loves but doesn't like much. About the Author Ben Jonson
Father died shortly before his birth, mom remarried right after
Jonson married Anne Lewis in 1594
Regarded as one of the major dramatists and poets of the 17th century
His occupation was playwrite Rhyme Scheme Iambic Pentameter
In each line of the poem there are 5 groups
In each foot there is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
Last word of each line rhymes with the last word of the following line Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy.
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.

Oh, could I lose all father now! For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?
To have so soon 'scaped world's flesh's rage,
And if no other misery, yet age!

Rest in soft peace, and asked, say, Here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best peice of poetry.
For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such
As what he loves may never like too much.

-Ben Jonson Elegy: poem of serious reflection Epigram: A short poem with a witty ending Born: June 11, 1572 Died: August 6, 1637 They had two children
One was diagnosed with the plague Birthplace: London, England Title Analysis

Son Connotation

"Of my right hand" part of himself
Compares his son to his best piece of poetry
"Exacted" metaphor used to describe how God/Heaven takes the son back as if they were taking back a payment
"Lent" metaphor to describe the son's short life on Earth
"Flesh's rage" personification of inanimate body parts, giving them human emotion Speaker's Attitude/Tone

Guilt Shifts in the Poem

Shift from mournful to passionate
"Oh, could I lose all father now!" Theme
Life can be short so we must make the most of what we have while we still have it. Title Revisited

Father's deep love for his son Prezi by Gabby Ponzini and Rachel Canonico Son Video 1: Connections to Poem Video 2: Reciting the Poem Video 2: Reciting the Poem
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