“ On my first sonne” By Ben Jonson
Prediction <ul><li>The poem you are going to study is called:  “ On my first sonne” </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think th...
Tone <ul><li>This poem is arranged in 3 stanzas. The opening word of each stanza is: </li></ul><ul><li>1- “Farewell” </li>...
Stanza One <ul><li>The first stanza includes the words “pay”, “lent” and “exacted”.  </li></ul><ul><li>What does the word ...
Metaphor   <ul><li>The poet uses an extended metaphor based on banking.  </li></ul><ul><li>An extended metaphor is a metap...
Stanza Two <ul><li>Stanza two begins with the phrase: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oh could I lose all fathers now!” </li></ul><ul>...
Did you notice… <ul><li>“ Oh”, is an exclamation often associated with sorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>The word “now” brings an ...
Stanza Three <ul><li>The last line of the poem states: </li></ul><ul><li>“ As what he loves he may never like too much” </...
Now read the  poem ...
Close Analysis <ul><li>Why does Ben Jonson call his son “thou child of my right hand”?  </li></ul><ul><li>Where have you h...
Context <ul><li>Ben Jonson’s first son Benjamin died aged 7. </li></ul><ul><li>It was common for children to die at a youn...
Picture of a plague doctor
Context <ul><li>Ben Jonson was a religious man who believed in God.  </li></ul><ul><li>He saw the death of his son as a pu...
Loss <ul><li>Have you ever lost someone or something precious to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think poets are interes...
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  1. 1. “ On my first sonne” By Ben Jonson
  2. 2. Prediction <ul><li>The poem you are going to study is called: “ On my first sonne” </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think this poem could be about? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of “sonne” is the poet referring to? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it spelt this way? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think this will be a happy or sad poem? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tone <ul><li>This poem is arranged in 3 stanzas. The opening word of each stanza is: </li></ul><ul><li>1- “Farewell” </li></ul><ul><li>2 – “Oh” </li></ul><ul><li>3 – “Rest” </li></ul><ul><li>Does this change your prediction regarding the subject-matter of the poem? </li></ul><ul><li>What tone does each of these words suggest? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Stanza One <ul><li>The first stanza includes the words “pay”, “lent” and “exacted”. </li></ul><ul><li>What does the word “exacted” mean? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of language is being used here? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Metaphor <ul><li>The poet uses an extended metaphor based on banking. </li></ul><ul><li>An extended metaphor is a metaphor which carries over a number of lines. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Stanza Two <ul><li>Stanza two begins with the phrase: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oh could I lose all fathers now!” </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think is the mood of the poet here? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you provide textual evidence to support your view? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Did you notice… <ul><li>“ Oh”, is an exclamation often associated with sorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>The word “now” brings an immediacy and demanding tone to the line </li></ul><ul><li>The exclamation mark conveys a sense of anger. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stanza Three <ul><li>The last line of the poem states: </li></ul><ul><li>“ As what he loves he may never like too much” </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think this could mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you think why you shouldn’t like too much something that you love? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Now read the poem ...
  10. 10. Close Analysis <ul><li>Why does Ben Jonson call his son “thou child of my right hand”? </li></ul><ul><li>Where have you heard the expression “of my right hand before”? </li></ul><ul><li>Who “lent” the son to Ben Jonson? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would a man “envy” death? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Ben Jonson’s “best piece of poetry”? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Context <ul><li>Ben Jonson’s first son Benjamin died aged 7. </li></ul><ul><li>It was common for children to die at a young age due to the plague and other health issues. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, Jonson had a dream before the death of Benjamin where he saw the child appear with a red cross on his forehead ( the sign of the plague). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Picture of a plague doctor
  13. 13. Context <ul><li>Ben Jonson was a religious man who believed in God. </li></ul><ul><li>He saw the death of his son as a punishment for loving him too much. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people believed the plague was a punishment from God. </li></ul><ul><li>Jonson also feels his sorrow is wrong as he should be happy his son is now in heaven. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Loss <ul><li>Have you ever lost someone or something precious to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think poets are interested in the theme of loss? </li></ul><ul><li>Ben Jonson wrote this poem over 400 years ago, does it still have meaning for us today? </li></ul>

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