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Still To Be Neat by Ben Jonson

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Transcript of Still To Be Neat by Ben Jonson

Still to Be Neat by Ben Jonson
Figures of Speech
Alliteration
Metaphor
Personification
Sounds
Natural and flowing with rhyme
Use of Epigrams
short lines with bouncy rhythms
paradoxical twists
parallel phrases or clauses
Speaker
Ben Jonson
his thoughts to women
Alliteration
"Still to be neat, still to be dressed" (1)
"Still to be powdered, still perfumed" (3)
"Give me a look, give me a face," (7)
Metaphor
Comparing women to pieces of artwork
"Though art's hid causes are not found,/ All is not sweet, all is not sound." (5-6)
"Such sweet neglect more taketh me/ Than all th'adulteries of art." (10-11)
by Kate Pennington, Max Cohen, Christine Schierholz, Jessica Wollenburger, and Anjana Renganathan
Setting
everyday life
Word Choice & Tone
Word Choice
Modern English, but not informal
playful, short
Tone
satirical
mocking women for always trying to perfect themselves
Lady getting ready for a night out.
Makeup, perfume, powder.
Comparisons to artwork/paintings
Images
Personification
" Such sweet neglect more taketh me/ Than all th'adulteries of art./ They strike mine eyes, but not my heart." (10-12)
Verbal Wit
Satirical poem that comments on the ridiculousness of women's search for perfect beauty.
Symbols
Make-up: false image, corruption, imperfection
Oxymoron: "sweet neglect" (10)
Art: negative comparison to make-up
Understanding meaning/use of symbols necessary to understand poem
Rhyme Scheme
AABBCCDDEEFF
2 stanzas
2 sestet
Theme
Natural beauty is true beauty.
Meaning Today
Still relevant, if not more so, because the search for "perfection" hasn't stopped.
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