On My First Sonne

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"On My First Sonne", a poem by Ben Jonson, was written in 1603 and published in 1616 after the death of Jonson's first son Benjamin at the age of seven.[1][2] The poem, a reflection of a father's pain in his young son's death, is rendered more acutely moving when compared with Jonson's other, usually more cynical or mocking, poetry. It is clearly different to the poem written about his daughter's death, which does not show the loss on such an intense level.


  1. ^ "New York University's database of prose, poetry, film, video and art". New York University. Archived from the original on 3 September 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "New York University's database of literature, arts, and medicine". New York University. Retrieved 28 January 2019.