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A Parental Ode to My Son Poem Analysis

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Aparental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months The poem ?Aparental Ode to My Son? tells us of the poet?s son who is 3 years and five months. The poem is split into 6 stanzas, with around 10 lines in each stanza. The poet uses irregular rhyme throughout it. The tone of the poem is cheerful and happy as the poet is talking about his son. The poem tells us how about his son, by using words like ?happy elf?, ?feather-light?, ?light? ?elfin John? tells us that the child is very small and delicate. The poem tells us that the child is very playful and adventurous by using phrases like ?Fit playfellow for Fays, by moonlight pale? the poet is trying to say that his son is a fit playmate for a fairy or elf as they seem to be adventurous and cheerful. ...read more.

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The phrase ?untouched by sorrow and unsoiled by sin? suggests that the child is innocent and has no sin as it is only a small child. ?Thou cherub but of earth? also tells us that the child is innocent and sweet. The poem also uses phrases ?That dog will bite him if he pulls its tail!? ?He?ll break the mirror with that skipping-rope!? ?He?ll have that jug off, with another shove!? ?He?s got a knife!? and ?He?s got the scissors, snipping at your gown? to show that the child is young and playing innocently unaware of the harm that it could cause. The poem also tells us that the child is a very happy and joyful child by using phrases like ?happy, happy elf!?, as elves are happy, ?Thou merry, laughing sprite!? laughter is a sign of happiness and ?In harmless sport and mirth? which is also laughter. ...read more.

Conclusion

The simile ?Light as the singing bird that wings the air? also creates the image in your head of how a bird flies smoothly which looks effortless and weightless. The poet also uses ambiguity with the phrase ?No storms, no clouds, in thy blue sky foreseeing? as what it means is that the child is not troubled but always happy, the use of phrases like this will get you thinking about the different possibilities that it could mean. Another simile is ?Balmy, and breathing music like the south? which creates the images of calmness, and another simile is ?Fresh as the morn, and brilliant as its star? makes you think that the stars in the morning aren?t that bright so this could also be an allusion. Pathetic fallacy is used in the last stanza ?Bold as the hawk, yet gentle as the dove? which emphasises the mood and emotion of the poem. By Chloe Edgar, 11V ...read more.

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