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From a global viewpoint, the passing of all generations of the human race is a more simple and organic cycle, 1 generation bringing yet another generation into this world, as they themselves start to leave it. From the view of the individual, however, this cycle may result in a combination of feelings, from pride to melancholy, as they see their own lives fall next to that of the kids. Donald Hall's "My son, my executioner" along with Rita Dove's "Daystar" describe how the birth and development of a child is a gigantic turning point in a person's lifetime and can be viewed as either the continuance of someone's heritage or the withering of a person's own lifetime, depending on the perspective. Donald Hall's "My son, my executioner" explains that the speaker's acknowledgement that the arrival of the speaker's son indicates the beginning of the speaker's own coming death, however, muses that the youngster will continue their legacy. The speaker holds the kid "in [their] arms" (point 4) and reflects upon the situation. The speaker refers to the kid as their "tool of immortality" (line 6), its "yells and hunger" (line.