On My First Son

by Ben Jonson
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On My First Son

The tone of the poem is one of sadness. Jonson is expressing his grief at death of his oldest son, aged seven. For all that he knows, his son is in a better place, but Jonson cannot shake his sense...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018, 2:21 am (UTC)

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On My First Son

A figure of speech provides added meaning or added emphasis to a piece of writing. In Ben Jonson's "On My First Son," the speaker—Jonson himself—expresses his feelings of grief over the death of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

The two main subjects of Ben Jonson's "On My First Son" are his son and death. His Son-- Jonson's title indicates that the poem is about his first son, and the reader of the poem realizes in the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

Ben Johnson wrote a beautiful elegy lamenting the death of his son. “On My First Son” was also written as an epigram. This was style of poetry begun during the ancient Greek time which a short...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

The form and meter of “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson contributes to the mood of the poem by emphasizing the beginning of each of the six couplets found in the one stanza poem. The trochee meter...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015, 5:40 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

Though both of these poems deal with family relationships, the mood and tone of each is very different. First, the mood is the way the reader feels about the writing: it may come across as comic,...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2013, 1:19 am (UTC)

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On My First Son

Ben Jonson (a contemporary of William Shakespeare) writes "On My First Son," speaking of the death of his seven year-old son. Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; My sin was too much...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011, 2:54 am (UTC)

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The first quatrain tells us that the poet, Johnson, has lost his son at seven years old. Johnson’s son died of the plague. The narrator opens the poem with an apostrophe which is when the speaker...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011, 3:33 am (UTC)

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On My First Son

In this moving poem, Ben Jonson writes about his son, Benjamin, who died on his seventh birthday of the plague. Thus the poem begins as you might expect with the farewell to a dead son. The speaker...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2011, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

This is a very sad poem, lamenting the loss of a child. Jonson indicates in the title that it is his first son, a "lov'd boy" who was "lent" to him for seven years only, who has died. Jonson bids...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019, 2:11 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

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Latest answer posted April 27, 2012, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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On My First Son

Written in 1603 at the death of his seven-year old son, Ben Jonson's style in "On My First Son" is particularly powerful for what it meant within that society to lose a male child at that age. The...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2012, 9:07 am (UTC)

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On My First Son

Known for his precise, sometimes witty, and elegant poetry, Ben Johnson was influenced by the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans. as he employed classical poetical forms and often allusions in...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2014, 8:58 am (UTC)

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