A critical appreciation of the poem 'On My First Sonne' by Ben Jonson

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The title tells us this it's an old poem because of the language and spelling used. Also it tells us that this poem is about is eldest son. The poem is an elegy meaning he laments the death of his eldest son and is expressing his grief through words and poetry. The general subject of this poem is the writer going through the misery of his son's death and it's a dedication of his deceased son. It's an old fashioned piece of poetry.

I think the poem is about the writer trying to get over the death of his son and makes people feel sorry for his loss. "Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy..." this shows it is an old poem because of the use of language also he loved his son a lot 'joy'. It also tells you his son was 7 years old when he died 'seven yeeres tho'wert lent to me...'

tells us this. 'For whose sake, hence-forth, all his vowes be such, As what he loves may never like to much' suggests that he won't love as easily anymore because he was hurt deeply, he was stained and tainted, he was referring to the future, he would never love too much again because of the pain caused when they left like his son. Also, 'hence-forth' means from now on, he wouldn't love as much incase of the pain if they died. 'Ben Jonson his best piece of poetrie' shows it's his best piece of poetry because it's dedicated for his son and expresses deeply his sorrow. It could also mean, his son was his best piece of poetry. 'Rest in soft peace' shows sincere feelings towards his son. 'To have so soone scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage...' indicates that his son left...