• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Look again at Upon My Son Samuel his Going for England, Novem 6, 1657 by Ann Bradstreet, in which the speaker conveys her feelings towards her child, and at one other poem from the anthology in which the speaker conveys his or he

Extracts from this document...


Look again at "Upon My Son Samuel his Going for England, Novem 6, 1657" by Ann Bradstreet, in which the speaker conveys her feelings towards her child, and at one other poem from the anthology in which the speaker conveys his or her parental feelings. With close reference to the way each writer has used language to convey those feelings, compare and contrast what each poem has to say about parental feelings and explain which poem you regard as most successful. The poems "Upon My Son Samuel his Going for England, Novem. 6, 1657" and "A Parental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months" both convey the speaker's parental feelings towards their child, but they do so in very different ways. Ann Bradstreet had herself completed the journey from England to America and knew of the dangers on such a voyage, therefore her fear and terror can be felt throughout the poem. Thomas Hood on the other hand has a much more lighthearted approach as he uses bathos to create a humorous picture of parenthood. ...read more.


The tone is also frustrated in places such as "(...I cannot write, unless he's sent above!)" which contrasts with the "Little epitome of man!" and the difference in tone shows off the contrast between the idealist and realistic perceptions of parenthood. Despite this there are still hints of concern amidst the humour, for example the line "(He really brings my heart into my mouth!)" shows Hood's worry for his son's safety and parallels with the panicked tone of "Upon My Son Samuel...". The language in "Upon My Son Samuel..." is mostly plain and everyday for the time of the poet as it's a prayer from her to God and was not written for other people to read. Therefore it's very genuine and shows the poet's true innermost feelings. However in lines such as "Thou mighty God of sea and land," which addresses God directly, the language is formal and grandiose to show her respect to God. The language is also heavily punctuated which slows the pace and gives each part of the line more importance, showing how much this prayer means to her. ...read more.


"Upon My Son Samuel..." can be internal or dramatic as the poet is not necessarily speaking the prayer out loud. However no matter which type of monologue it is it's still a true reflection of the poet's thoughts due to the fact it was not intended for anyone but God to hear. "A Parental Ode..." is in the form of and ode and was originally written to praise the son. Even so the poet cannot help but add in the bracketed lines to put across the real life scenes of having a child and we can see that the lines within brackets are the ones which truly reflect his thoughts at the time. Overall the two poems both agree that worry and anxiety are the main things a parent feels towards their child. However "A Parental Ode...", being written by a father in the Victorian times, seems more detached from being involved in looking after his child and the bathos makes it very flippant. In "Upon My Son Samuel..." the genuine nature and pathos created help us experience a much stronger connection emotionally between the poet and her son. Therefore I feel "Upon My Son Samuel..." is much more successful in conveying the true feelings of being a parent. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chuer Zhang ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Poets essays

  1. Poem Rising Five

    The 'blossoming' illustrates the freshness of new life. There is the repetition of sounds all over the 3rd stanza. The poet wants to highlight the fact that the boy is 'not four, but rising five (...)' to show that he wants more than anything to live the future and is only thinking about it.

  2. Choose two or three of the poems you have studied by John Donne and ...

    Donne creates a story effect by using the words of the persona as "speech" to his lover. The speech effect is used to describe events that have just happened, effectively emulating regular narration. The persona continues his argument into the third stanza, confessing that she has won the sub-argument relating

  1. How Does Tennyson use Poetic Devices to Appeal to the Reader?

    The whole quote makes the reader assume the Lady of shallot is singing to herself. He does this by using the word 'loudly'. The word is connected to things that somebody does when they are on their own, for example if someone is alone in a house they might turn

  2. Robert Frost writes about rural life in New England. By referring closely to at ...

    and rattling - giving the buzz saw a frightening image, and creating a vivid negative representation of rural life in New England. Frost contrasts this first impression with the imagery of 'sweet scented stuff' that is blown by the breeze, and his ironic statement that 'nothing happened', which effectively leaves the reader unprepared for the following events.

  1. Analysis of "The Highwayman" written by Alfred Noyes

    It brings ?darkness? throughout the poem. The last two stanzas in the poem are a repetition of the first two stanzas. This is purposely done to strengthen the rhythmic structure giving fluency. In addition to this, it overall gives the reader a sense of the two lovers still longing for each other despite being dead.

  2. The primary target of Tennysons poetry is Victorian greed and materialism. How far do ...

    He shows how Sir Bedivere finds it difficult to return Excalibur to the Lay of the lake because of greed and materialism. When Sir Bedivere is about to throw the Excalibur in the lake for the first time he stops and feels he can?t do it : ?He gazed so

  1. The title of Crabbed Age and Youth is important because it gives us an ...

    The fact that an animal listens to him, demonstrates just how powerful he is. Deloney also thinks that age and youth are completely opposite by saying ?age like winter weather; Youth like summer brave?. By using two completely opposite seasons of the year, Deloney is also pointing out that parents and children are also completely opposite.

  2. A Parental Ode to My Son Poem Analysis

    The poet uses poetic devices like enjambment ?From every blossom in the world that blows- Singing in Youth?s Elysium ever sunny? tells us that the child lives in ideal happiness and perfect bliss it also shows the excitement moving from one line to the next.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work