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Still To Be Neat by Ben Jonson
Transcript of Still To Be Neat by Ben Jonson
Figures of Speech
Natural and flowing with rhyme
Use of Epigrams
short lines with bouncy rhythms
parallel phrases or clauses
his thoughts to women
"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)
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
Word Choice & Tone
Modern English, but not informal
mocking women for always trying to perfect themselves
Lady getting ready for a night out.
Makeup, perfume, powder.
Comparisons to artwork/paintings
" Such sweet neglect more taketh me/ Than all th'adulteries of art./ They strike mine eyes, but not my heart." (10-12)
Satirical poem that comments on the ridiculousness of women's search for perfect beauty.
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
Natural beauty is true beauty.
Still relevant, if not more so, because the search for "perfection" hasn't stopped.