To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

by Ben Jonson
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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

First, in the opening lines, Jonson establishes himself as one who is able to comment on his mentor: "To draw no envy, Shakespeare, on thy name,/Am I thus ample to thy book and fame;". Johnson...

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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

Admiration In Line 17, Jonson calls Shakespeare the "Soul of the age," which captures his overall feelings in the poem. He steers clear of any "crafty malice" in his elegy, noting that...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 11:17 am UTC

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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

Jonson's poem, which appears in the 1623 First Folio, is a tribute to William Shakespeare. Jonson knew Shakespeare personally, and, while the nature of their relationship is not completely clear,...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 12:27 pm UTC

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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

From the title itself, Ben Jonson makes his tone and subject clear: his beloved master, William Shakespeare. The word "beloved" connotes the feeling of adoration that will weave throughout the...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 12:53 pm UTC

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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

In the second part of "To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare," Johnson uses the rhetorical device of negation in his heroic couplets in order to praise Shakespeare: "He was not of...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2009 1:25 am UTC

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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

Benjamin "Ben" Jonson Benjamin Jonson (1572–1637) is the speaker of this poem, one of the commemorative elegiac verses in the preface to the First Folio, the first collection of William...

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To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

Or blind affection, which doth ne'er advanceThe truth, but gropes, and urgeth all by chance Jonson wants readers to know that he is not writing in "blind" adoration of Shakespeare. He has...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 11:55 am UTC

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