O, Father this grief and tragedy bequeath from mine mind and soul, For, if I can be granted this relief it would ease mine pain and for the future, my love for you son will not wane, but will forever be with me till mine death where I will seek you to be together once more like father and child.
This scene will come after the final line because it gives some aspects into the poem that help to clear out a few things such as the ambiguity of the poem. In this poem, the author intends to showcase the death of a child and how this event has impacted the father of the child (Scodel, 1989). However, there are two interpretations that the reader could adopt in this poem, and the understanding by the reader can be able to explain the poem in different ways. The first way in which this poem can be understood is by seeing a scenario in which a father has lost a young son and by this they are trying to distance themselves from this tragedy in several ways (Scodel, 1989). The father distances himself by being devoid of all emotions and becoming mechanical to the whole incident from which he can shake free of his grief.
The other way in which this poem can be understood is by accepting the loss of his child and gaining closure that the child is in a better place than he was when he was alive. However, this approach could prove to be counteractive in trying to deal with his grief because it is a more emotional approach than the first (Scodel, 1989). The mother would be able to take this approach rather than the father. The loss of a child could prove very consequential in a marriage, and it could rock the foundations of any wedding. It is advisable to grieve both ways because, with the latter, the father will be able to overcome the incident eventually (Scodel, 1989). The mechanical approach does not help in the long run; it can only address the loss in the short term.
The stanza that has been added in conclusion is meant to show that the father has accepted the incident and that he will be able to move on from this ordeal. He prays God to give him the strength to overcome this challenge so that he can be able to live on. However, he wants to move and become much more robust than he was with his son. We can observe that he wants to experience less grief in the future if such an event were to re-occur in his life. He prays that God will set his soul at ease to overcome this loss.
This stanza has been able to follow the author’s writing style and theme by giving a further explanation of the course of action that the father is likely to take to ensure that he can move on from this and that he can minimize the effects of a loss of this magnitude. Despite not being aware of what could have harmed the child, it could be possible that these occurrences do often happen probably due to disease and other complications. The styles that were chosen aimed to ensure that the language was similar to the period in which the poem was written. Furthermore, the writing style was also meant to capture the same effect that the original text had in 1616 when it was published. The various styles that were emulated in this stanza were able to capture the emotions that the author was intent on exuding to the reader. The poem shows grief but in the fill-in scene the poem is meant to show finality on what course of action the father intends on taking. To add to this the fill-in scene is meant to indicate the resolution or resolve that the father will decide on finally.
Scodel, J. (1989). Genre and Occasion in Jonson’s” On My First Sonne”. Studies in Philology, 86(2), 235.
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