LULLABY BY JOHN FULLER A lullaby is song, which is usually sung to young children before they go to sleep. The intention of a lullaby is to speed up that process of sleeping in children. Lullabies are often simple and sometimes repetitive. John’s lullaby goes as follows: Sleep little baby, clean as a nut your fingers uncurl and your eyes are shut your life was ours, which is with you Go on your journey. We go too The bat is flying round the house like an umbrella turned into a mouse the moon is astonished and so are the sheep their bells have come to send you to sleep Oh be our rest, our hopeful start Turn your head to my beating heart Sleep little baby, clean as a nut Your fingers uncurl and your eyes are shut (Fuller) This lullaby by John Fuller is a very soothing poem.
It is a perfect one for a parent singing to his or her new born. The lullaby has many aspects to it. The author, John Fuller has explained his experience as a father through this poem and has written a lullaby for his child so that he could sleep soundly and quickly.
The purpose of the poem is solely to explain the feeling of a parent when he sees his new born child sleeping in front of his eyes. In the first two lines of the poem, he describes the way a new born baby sleeps. The metaphor “as a nut” is figurative which explains the way a little baby sleeps. Then, he mentions that a parent’s life is with his children and the way that they go. I think that Fuller is deeply attached to his child and is hence saying to his child that his life is attached to his child’s life.
Fuller is explaining that the life that his child has is his and he is a part of him. The journey over here means the lifetime journey and Fuller relates his child’s journey to his journey. Fuller has to go on with his journey and now it is time that his child will go on towards his own journey. After relating his life to his child’s, fuller is further telling that night has advanced and therefore has given the example of a bat.
A bat sleeps in the day and flies in the night; these lines in the lullaby signify that night has drawn near. To signify the beauty and the presence of his child, he is referring to the moon and the sheep which are all astonished by the sight of his child. The bells hanging around the sheep’s neck are pointing the child to sleep because night has come leaving the day behind. The final lines of the lullaby by John fuller signify that he is telling his baby to sleep on his chest so that he may sleep soundly.
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