Name Instructor Course Code Date Youthful Innocence and Adult Experience The tone of the poem reflects the author as one who is nostalgic of a time past. The first line (Farewell thou child of my right hand and joy) indicates an acceptance by the author of a time past when joy was in abundance. The transition to adulthood is like the loss of a treasured period and the ushering in of a new phase of life whereby joy is limited. In adulthood responsibilities and youth again; it is as if the loss of youth is a tragedy. However the author does himself a favor by preferring to forget his youth as one might accept the death of a close relative or friend. In conclusion this poems title “On my First Son” gives us a perspective whereby the author refers to his youth like a first-born son. A title of such wordings carries a high degree of sadness and regret. Work cited Johnson Ben. “On My First Son.” 1603. [...]
'Through a close reading of specific quotations, explain how the poem represents youthful innocence and adult experience'. Write one and a half page after reading the poem. Follow the title. Don't summaries, but explain what you have understood.