Ben Jonson Writing Styles in Song: To Celia

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Sound

Repetition of sounds in a poem can emphasize key words and images and so create poetic structure. In addition, sounds can provide pleasure. Jonson uses alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds, in line 6 in the words “drink” and “divine” to emphasize the value the speaker places on his mistress's kiss. He repeats this technique in line 9 with the words “rosy” and “wreath,” which highlights her connection with nature. Jonson makes a clever connection between the speaker and his mistress through examples of consonance, the repetition of final consonant sounds, as well as word placement. He ends lines 2, 4, 6, and 8 with the words “mine,” “wine,” “divine,” and “thine,” respectively, suggesting that the union of the two would be more divine than wine. The placement of these rhyming words at the ends of the lines reinforces his point.

Language

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