On Her death bed


Data about the writer and context of production:

Monck, Mary, a woman of great beauty and considerable poetical abilities, daughter of Lord Molesworth. She acquired an intimate knowledge of Latin, Italian, and Spanish literature. Chiefly residing in the country, one of a numerous family, she cultivated poetry more as an amusement than with a view to publication. She married George Monck of Dublin. After her early death from consumption, at Bath, in 1715, a volume of her poems and translations was published. Several of her pieces are given in Cibber’s Lives of the Poets.


The second daughter of a wealthy British aristocrat (with strong Irish connections) who married a chap called George Monck in Ireland and then died in 1715 (we don’t know when she was born). We also have no clear indication of what killed her, but the implications of this poem is it was some sort of long standing condition.
Her poems were published after her death, as presumably it was composed for pleasure rather than with any professional aspirations. This poem was part of a body of written on her deathbed to her husband that was later published in a collection of Poems of Eminent Ladies.


Whether this poem is based on her life or not:


It is based on her life because the poet talks about her husband and personal feelings about him.
She was head over heels in love with this man, she believed that he was her truly soulmate and he was everything she had in the world.
When she dies she is sort of abandoning this soulmate she has although she believes that she is going to meet him again.



The poem is about True love, companionship and friendship between the writer and her husband.
As the poem goes on the themes of aging and mortality are present too.


The poem transmits a calmed tone as you read it and she tries to stay stable. But sometimes there are occasional emotional outbursts. Eventhough the tone is generally soothing and gentle.


Literary devices

Anaphora (“Thou”)
Rhymes (“employ” and “joy”)

Personal conclusion about the poem:

We believe that it is a very romantic poem that strongly transmits how fierce is the love that she feels for her husband.
We think that she should have found someone else in her life and not just hold to one person because you become very dependent of that person.
We admire how hopeful she is about meeting the love of her life again and how much faith she has.

Virtual period: (individual)

-choose a song that deals with the same topic, find a video and analyse it.

I chose this song because here and in the poem the voice loves so much her husband/boyfriend and cares a lot about him. Although their couples have defects, they are “still the one” for them because they love them entirely and not only the good things.


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