To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare

by Ben Jonson
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What does Jonson reveal about himself in his tribute to Shakespeare?

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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 himself was a proflic and popular writer. He is saying here that his works match that of Shakespeare's in both sheer page count and also in popularity.

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