How is love treated in Ben Jonson's poem "Song to Celia"?
Ben Jonson's poem "Song to Celia" is a short love poem, often performed as a song. Both stanzas evoke Jonson's understanding of love by use of extended metaphors, but underneath the metaphorical language is a consistent viewpoint, or philosophy, of love.
In the first stanza, love is is compared to drinking wine. Jonson, however, emphasizes that this is not simply carnal or sexual desire, but instead something more spiritual, saying:
The thirst that from the soul doth riseDoth ask a drink divine;