Ben Jonson | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Harris Friedberg

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Ben Jonson.
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Critical Essay by Harris Friedberg

SOURCE: "Ben Jonson's Poetry: Pastoral, Géorgie, Epigram," in English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter, 1974, pp. 111–36.

In the following essay, Friedberg analyzes Jonson's poems in terms of the classical literary tradition.

Like Donne, Jonson began his poetic career with the epigram. For a man like Jonson who believed that "it is onely the disease of the vnskilfull, to thinke rude things greater then polish'd: or scatter'd more numerous then compos'd," the epigram remains the perfect form, one that convinces by its point rather than its logic, and Jonson's Epigrams contain some of his most "polish'd" and effective writing. Many of the Epigrams provided subjects for his plays: there are epigrams "To Alchymists," "On Lieutenant Shift,&#x...

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