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A Parental Ode To My Son Aged three years and five months

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A Parental Ode To My Son Aged Three Years And Five Months My first impression on "A parental ode" was a slightly confused one. It was about a father talking about his experience with his son. As his son is young (a toddler) the father is full of praise, admiration and is completely besotted. As the poem progresses the toddler grows older and with age comes mischief. The young boy becomes a nuisance and the father becomes exasperated by what he gets up to. The poem starts off by saying "Thou happy elf!". ...read more.


"Drat the boy! There goes my ink". The son now maybe frustrating the father by doing little accidents such as spilling the ink. The father is very cross with the boy and starts letting his anger out by shouting and saying stronger language in front of the boy. The poem is extremely varied from verse to verse and there becomes a pattern of hate and love. In the third stanza the father has forgiven his son for what he has done and describes him as "thou human humming bee". ...read more.


to his mother. This shows that the father has given up his efforts to look after the child and maybe very frustrated. On the final line it says "I cannot write unless he is sent above". This may mean he wants the child to go upstairs and go to bed or possibly in more dramatic terms die and go to heaven. The poem follows a structure pattern of a b a b c c d d in the first two stanzas. All through the poem the tone changes from calm and full of praise to hate and dismay. The rhythm may possibly musical and sung as a poem and it is also rather lilting. ...read more.

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