Analysis Of Ben Jonson 's ' The Beloved Son '

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Ben Jonson brings forth a memorable poem he has written in memoir to his beloved son, whom he lost at a young age. He begins this poem with a goodbye, which entitles him to feel responsible in some way towards this son’s death. The speaker in this poem seems to be Johnson himself, considering his writing is deep and truthful which connects to his own feelings. The form of the poem is written in iambic pentameter, as a farewell to his beloved young son who died of a bubonic plague. Jonson 's poem reaches new levels as he prepares himself to create a poem off his track of style, however, through love, envy and mourning, the author comes to a satisfying conclusion that he will no longer fall in love with something so fragile. In this particular poem, there are five groups, which are labeled as a foot: in each of these there is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, which makes a pair of iamb’s. As what he loves may never like too much. Perfectly exemplified, line 12 of the poem expressed the use of iambic pentameter “as what he loves may ne-ver like too much”. The first foot begins with an unstressed syllable, “what” followed by “loves” which is the stressed syllable. In line three, Jonson stumbles a little as he addresses the loss of his son and he is off the pattern of the iambic pentameter. Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay It is the first time he deals directly with losing his son, as he explains in great detail without giving too many
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