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    hi everybody

    I have to prove that (on my first daughter by Ben Jonson) belongs to neo classicism ? namely i have to apply the theory

    Could you please just tell me the steps that I have to follow ?

    or any useful book?

    thanks a lot

    On My First Daughter
    Here lies, to each her parents’ ruth,
    Mary, the daughter of her youth;
    Yet all heaven’s gifts being heaven’s due,
    It makes the father less to rue.
    At six months’ end she parted hence
    With safety of her innocence;
    Whose soul heaven’s queen, whose name she bears,
    In comfort of her mother’s tears,
    Hath placed amongst her virgin-train:
    Where, while that severed doth remain,
    This grave partakes the fleshly birth;
    Which cover lightly, gentle earth!

    Principles of poetry according to New Classicism :
    Like Dr. JONSON and the people who lived until the 18th century.
    1- it is the age of rationalism. Reasoning about everything.
    2- The words which are chosen should balance each other.
    3- There must be an argument.
    4- There must be some kind of symmetry in the structure of the poem.
    5- When we think about anything, it must be controlled. Our feelings are controlled by our reason. Our pain should be control by patience. Everything in us should be control by religion. There is no excess of emotion or feelings because there is always balance in everything

    what dose virgin-train in term of your society?coz someone told me( (A special honor, apparently; you may wish to investigate the term "virgin-train" and see if it was unique to Johnson or if it was a more generally recognized idea in the society of the time or in his religion). i really need your help

    Did his daughter die as well?!

    That guy was unlucky to lose his son AND daughter.
    ...or are you remembering the poem slightly blurred?
    • Thread Starter

    yes he did

    what dose virgin-train in term of your society?
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