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1 Ben Jonson “On My First Son” and “Song To Celia”

2 “On My First Son” Serves as a goodbye to his son –“Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;” (1) –First word sets the tone Feels that he has sinned –“My sin was too much hope of thee, lov’d boy.” (2) Loving his son too much He forgot how precious life was?

3 “On My First Son” “Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay. Exacted by the fate, on the just day.” (3-4) God loaned him his son and needed him back after seven years Fate caused his death

4 “On My First Son” “Oh, could I lose all father now! For why Will man lament the state he should envy?”( 5-6) Doesn’t want to remember all of the joys he had being a father Man will mourn for his loss what he once would have envied (fathering)

5 “On My First Son” “To have so soon ‘scaped world’s and flesh’s rage, And, if no other misery, yet age?” (7-8) Heaven is the goal in life He escaped the hardships and cruelty of the world

6 “On My First Son” “Rest in soft peace, and asked, say, ‘Here doth lie Ben Johnson his best piece of poetry; For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such As what he loves may never like too much.’” (9-12) Rest in peace There lies the best of himself He will never love as much because he may lose them like his son

7 “On My First Son” Poetic devices Theme –Loss of his son

8 “On My First Son” Poetic devices Tone/mood –Sad and nostalgic “Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy” (1)

9 “On My First Son” Poetic devices Conceit –Compares having his son to a loan from God –Indicates the shortness of his life and the aspect of fate

10 “On My First Son” Poetic devices Rhyme scheme –aa,bb,cc,dd,ee,ff,

11 “On My First Son” Poetic devices Epitaph –Inscription on a grave “Here doth lie Ben Johnson his best piece of poetry; For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such As what he loves may never like too much.” (9-12) –Presents the theme of the poem- love and loss

12 “Song: To Celia” Drink to me, only with thine eyes And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I'll not look for wine. (1-4) Love song to woman Drink= look at him lovingly Pledge= promise He “thirsts” for love

13 “Song: To Celia” Tone –Assertive, yearning –Wants a pledge from the woman –Make her pledge with her eyes –Wants her to give into him

14 “Song: To Celia” “The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine: But might I of Jove's nectar sup I would not change for thine.” (5-8) His soul is thirsty Says her love is divine Jove’s nectar cup- he wouldn’t trade a drink from his cup for her

15 “Song: To Celia Idealizes her Give up a drink from Jove’s cup for a taste from hers

16 “Song: To Celia” “I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much honouring thee As giving it a hope that there It could not withered be But thou thereon didst only breath And sent'st it back to me: Since, when it grows and smells, I swear, Not of itself but thee.” (9-16)

17 “Song: To Celia” Sent her wreath hoping it would live She sent it back with her sweet fragrance on it The wreath grows and energizes his love for her

18 “Song: To Celia” Poetic devices Theme –Live and love

19 “Song: To Celia” Poetic devices Tone and mood –Loving and desirous

20 “Song: To Celia” Poetic devices Rhyme scheme –abcbabcb

21 “Song: To Celia” Poetic devices Allusion –Jove (Jupiter) Supreme God of Roman Mythology –Idealization of her and his love

22 “Song: To Celia” Poetic Devices –Alliteration “Doth ask a drink divine:” (6) –Emphasizes the value he places on her


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