Infant Mortality in We are Seven by William Wordsworth and On My First Sonne by Ben Johnson

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Infant Mortality in We are Seven by William Wordsworth and On My First Sonne by Ben Johnson The two poems are 'We are Seven' by William Wordsworth and 'On My First Sonne' by Ben Jonson. Prior to 1900 infant mortality featured in most peoples lives but although it was expected it still created personal catastrophe which could be devastating. Although both 'We are Seven' and 'On My First Sonne' are both taking about the subject of infant mortality, they portray it in a very different way. Wordsworth's poem is about a young girl who does not recognize death as a separation or loss which the narrator feels he is trying to explain to her but in fact the girl teaches him a lot more than he teaches her.…show more content…
Jonson's thought then changes and he begins to question why he is unhappy as his son has gone to a better place - heaven. "To have so soon scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage" Jonson goes on trying to convince himself that he has gone to a better place by saying what his son will now miss out on, wars and disruption in the world. He also says he has missed out on being old and so will miss all the pain that he connects with age mainly being loneliness. We see some of Jonson's emotion through it when he says, "…say here doth lye BEN. JONSON his best piece of poetrie." This extract is very touching to the reader as it is showing how Jonson actually feels. It is the only part in the poem that he really shows his emotion in, for the rest of the poem he keeps it tightly enclosed. We see how hurt Jonson is by the loss of his son but we also see how proud he was of his son. In this short phrase he says how none of his many talented poems can compare to his son as he was the most perfect thing in his life, which has now gone. "For whose sake, hence-forth, all his vowes be such, As what he loves may never like too much." In the final two lines of his poem Jonson expresses how he should change in the future so that he is prevented from being hurt again. In this

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