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How do the poets represent the relationship between parent and child in Catrin, Follower and On my first Sonne?

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How do the poets represent the relationship between parent and child in Catrin, Follower and On my first Sonne? These three poems are all linked together and are similar to each as they all use poetic devices commonly used at this time. The poems all compare and contrast the relationship between parent and child. In On my first Sonne written by Ben Jonson is about the death of his son and controlling his emotions. Catrin written by Gillian Clarke is about the struggle of childbirth and the never ending bond between mother and daughter, even at the hardest times. Follower written by Seamus Heaney is about how time can affect people. The young boy idolises his father as a strong farm worker and he sees himself as a pain but as time goes by their roles reverse. These three poems all compare and contrast the relationship between parent and child.

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Jonson his best piece of poetry." This optimises his feelings for his child that after all his great poems this child he brought or in a sense created is his greatest work. This is the ways these poets show their feelings for their children. Clarke uses alliteration effectively in Catrin to show the harshness of birth "First, fierce confrontation". The 'f' sound is harsh and shows how hard birth is. This is similar to Heaney in follower he uses alliteration to show the strength of his father "Full sail strung". The's' sound used here is a soft yet strong sound that really shows you the strength and effort of his father. Jonson is far more religious as at this time religion was a big thing with many people believing in heaven and hell. Jonson shows this by saying that he is not sad as his son is heaven "Will man lament the state he should envie?"

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Jonson does not get to experience the change in relationship as his boy dies young yet he thinks this is good "To have so soone scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage". This is Jonson saying although he died young he does not have to experience the bad things in life as young age has protected him with like innocence. These three poems are all similar and different in many instances. However Catrin and Follower use similar poetic techniques compared to On my first Sonne. This is partly because On my first Sonne was written earlier than the other two. The main message that Catrin and Follower are trying to show is that time goes and changes people but the bonds between people can never be changed. Jonson is saying that life is a harsh world that his boy has not had to experience. This is how these thee poets all compare and contrast the relationship between parent and child. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andrew Reid 5D English Poetry Coursework 05/08/2011 7:31:37 PM

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