On My First Son research notes

On My First Son research notes - Hyperbole o (Lines 3-4)...

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Hyperbole o (Lines 3-4) where the speaker compares his son’s life to a loan that he has to pay back. So the latter literary element is a vivid justification of Jonson’s sacrilege for he considers himself in debt and that he can only pay it back through letting go of his son’s life Biblical allusion o Bible asserts that life on earth is a gift; as a clergyman that idea should be etched into Jonson’s mind but instead he portrays God as some voracious entrepreneur waiting for the son’s birthday to strip him of his life, or in others words his money. For further verification of the preceding conjecture one resorts to the last two lines of the poem (epitaph) where the speaker/ Jonson vows never to love any soul too much (as in more than God) because in his opinion God will strip him of his beloved; indicating Jonson’s blasphemy Imagery o Of heaven where his son now is The poem entitled On My First Son is a pouring out of a father's soul-a soul that pours out every last drop of pain, anguish, and love for his deceased son neatly into a beautiful poem. Ben Jonson illustrates his love and loss with concreteness and passion. Just as an artist creates a painting on paper with a pallet of colors and different types of brushes, Jonson uses thoughtful phrasing and strong diction to create a vivid word painting of his son. The phrasing of this poem can be analyzed on many levels. Holistically, the poem moves the father through three types of emotions. More specifically, the first lines of the poem depict the father s deep sadness toward the death of his son. The line Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy creates a mental picture in my mind (Line 1). I see the father standing over the
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2011 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at Georgia Perimeter.

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On My First Son research notes - Hyperbole o (Lines 3-4)...

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