On my first son by Ben Jonson is a very special poem because Ben Jonson talks about his son, and how he lost him when he died. The mood in this poem is very sad and gloomy because even though he says he should envy his son because he is in heaven, he is sad because he probably lost his only son. All along the poem Ben Jonson describes his son and what he feels by losing him. I imagine the set of this poem as a cloudy day, with no sun in the sky, raining a little bit, something like the London weather.

I imagine that Ben Jonson had a really bad day the day his son died. He probably wasn’t in the mood for anything, he was very sad, he didn’t want to talk to anyone, he even probably cried. That’s why this poem reminds me a lot to the song Bad Day by Daniel Powter. When somebody close to you dies you have the worst day of your life, when somebody dies sometimes you want to die too. Some people handle deaths in their own ways, their mourning period is different, their feeling are also different but as the song title says you can’t possibly have a good day that day.

Ben Jonson says in his poem “Exacted by thy fate, on the just day”. This means that he remembers that day exactly, because that day changed his whole life. His son died on that exact day. He probably remembers all of the grieving feeling he suffered that day and all of the horrible experiences of burying your own son, when normally it is backwards.

Bad Day by Daniel Powter is a very sad song. Like On my first Son, I imagine the set of the song as a really dark day, with no sun, raining a little bit, cloudy, very cold. Daniel Powter is an English man so his accent helps to imagine the song set on a London type of weather. The song is very slow, and with the instruments marked very well. Its sound is mainly a piano and the lyrics are the ones who give the final details to the song to make it completely sad and gloomy. I like to picture sad scenes with cold, rain, darkness and the most important, with no sun at all. The worst of all is that I like that weather, so I don’t know if I like to be sad.

Anyways the lyrics of the song are the main thing that makes me relate this song with the poem. The song starts with “They tell me your blues skies fade to grey, they tell me your passions gone away”. In another verse the singer keeps describing what he sees she is going through or what they tell him that she is going through. “They tell me your life’s been way off line, you fall into pieces every time” So they describe a girl whose life is slowly falling apart. This girl is probably having a bad day; we don’t know the reasons but by what the song says, it seems that probably something very wrong is happening to that girl. On my first son there is a verse that says “O, could I lose all father, now. For why will man lament the state he should envy? To have so soon scaped world’s, and flesh’s rage.” As on the song, the life of Ben Jonson seems to be falling apart. He talks about the world’s flesh and rage. He also mentioned the “exact day” that his son died, so that day Ben Jonson felt like his life was falling apart. Maybe the girl from the song and Ben Jonson were experiencing different types of problems, of feelings and of ways of dealing with it, but it is clear that they were both experiencing a really bad day and they were both feeling that their lives were falling apart.

There is a verse in the song where the singer tells how the girl deals with her problems. “You stand in the line just to hit a new low. You are faking a smile with the coffee to go” Ben Jonson dealt with his problem by writing a poet dedicated to the son he had just lost. The girl in the song dealt with her problem by pretending nothing was wrong with her, and trying to appear as normal as every day. Probably the problem affected her so much that she couldn’t even pretend that everything was alright.

I think the chorus is the part where the singer achieves to catch the image of the girl at its best. “Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around. You say you don’t know, you tell me don’t lie. You work on a smile and you go for a ride.” In the chorus the singer describes how he sees the girl and what she does that allows everyone to know that she is sad. He describes how she tries to pretend that everything is okay, and how she fails.

In Ben Jonson’s On My First Son, the final verses are the ones who conclude all the feelings he experienced. Ben Jonson says what will do after the death of his son. “Rest in soft peace, and, asked, say here doth lie Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry. For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such, as what he loves may never like too much”. Ben Jonson captures the whole picture of the situation and he manages to close his problem by stating what his son meant to him. In the song there is a verse where the whole song is summarized also “Sometimes the system goes on the blink, and the whole thing it turns out wrong. You might not make it back and you know that you could be well oh that strong, and I’m not wrong.” It means that sometimes when you less expected bad things could come and you will have to fight it. As Ben Jonson’s son that he didn’t know that he was going to die, but fate decided it like that and it happened.

The thing that makes me relate this poem to this song is the mood that is presented in both. For me both symbolize a very sad, dark and gloomy mood. That mood is complemented by what the poem says and by the song lyrics. They both talk about a sad day, and a sad event, the way they deal with it and the things they have or will do afterwards.

Song Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/bad-day-lyrics-daniel-powter.html

Song Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijQUkkFq-Hc

 

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