In "To Return to the Trees," Derek Walcott references Ben Jonson. What might be the significance of this?

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This poem is about the process of aging. The speaker associates old age with strength and nobility, and speculates that when he dies he might return, like the trees when they fall, to the earth. The speaker also seems to take some solace in the thought that even the huge, "unwincing" oak trees must eventually die.

In the third stanza of the poem, the speaker refers to a "burly oak" tree, which he describes as an "oak / of Boanerges Ben Jonson!" Ben Jonson was an English poet and playwright. After...

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