Ben Jonson | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Geoffrey Walton

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Ben Jonson.
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Critical Essay by Geoffrey Walton

SOURCE: "The Tone of Ben Jonson's Poetry," in Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets: Authoritative Texts, Criticism, edited by Hugh MacLean, W. W. Norton & Company, 1974, pp. 479–96.

In the following essay, Walton characterizes Jonson's poetry as a model of civility, exhibiting both its intellectual and moral values.

It is well known that Pope imitated the opening couplet of Jonson's "Elegie on the Lady Jane Pawlet, Marchion: of Winton":

 What gentle ghost, besprent with April deaw,
Hayles me, so solemnly, to yonder Yewgh?

in his own opening couplet of the "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady":

 What beck'ning ghost, along the moonlight shade
Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?

The similarity and the difference between the grand style of Pope and the slightly Spenserian...

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