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Poetry Analysis

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Jasmine Williams

on 15 April 2013

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By Jasmine Williams Poetry Analysis Song to Celia by Ben Jonson Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee. How's it said? Tone: What's the point? Theme: What's sensed? Imagery What's used? Allusion Compare/ Contrast Song to Celia 1572-1637 Educated at Westminster School by
William Camden.After returning to England
from serving the army in Flanders, he joined the theactricalcompany of Philip Henslowe. There he
was known as an actor and playwright. He was
mostly known for his satiric comedies, such as
Every Man in His Humour. During King James I reign
he became one of the court poets and one of King
James' favorites. Jonson died on August 6,1637. His
tombstone was inscribed with the words "O Rare
Ben Jonson" Diction: Syntax: Rhyme Scheme: ...thine eyes,
...with mine;
...the cup,
...the wine.
...doth rise
...drink divine;
...nectar sup,
...for thine. ...rosy wreath,
...honouring thee
..,that there
...withered be.
...only breathe,
...to me;
..,I swear,
..,but thee. Movement Touch Taste Sound Sight Personfication Metaphor Symbolism A Nocturnal Reverie Kiss Wine breathe Drink a rosy wreath Rosy Wreath Jove's nectar sup: Jove (Jupiter) the god of the heavens and the weather "Drink to me only with thine eyes" Loving & Devoting Elizabethan Language Hard constant sounds Use of semicolons and commas throughout Love can last despite it being rejected Anne Finch 1661- 1720 Born as Anne Kingsmill, both of her parents died when she was very young and was tutored at home. In 1682, Anne was invited to court at the St. James Palace by Charles II. At court is where Anne began her poetry but kept her writing private until later in her life. By 1683, she had met Colonel Heneage Finch who later became her husband. His family had a very strong Royalist connection and through them Anne became Countess of Winchilsea. A Nocturnal Reverie In such a night, when every louder wind
Is to its distant cavern safe confined;
And only gentle Zephyr fans his wings,
And lonely Philomel, still waking, sings;
Or from some tree, famed for the owl’s delight,
She, hollowing clear, directs the wand’rer right:
In such a night, when passing clouds give place,
Or thinly veil the heav’ns’ mysterious face;
When in some river, overhung with green,
The waving moon and the trembling leaves are seen;
When freshened grass now bears itself upright,
And makes cool banks to pleasing rest invite,
Whence springs the woodbind, and the bramble-rose,
And where the sleepy cowslip sheltered grows;
Whilst now a paler hue the foxglove takes,
Yet checkers still with red the dusky brakes
When scatter’d glow-worms, but in twilight fine,
Shew trivial beauties, watch their hour to shine;
Whilst Salisb’ry stands the test of every light,
In perfect charms, and perfect virtue bright: When odors, which declined repelling day,
Through temp’rate air uninterrupted stray;
When darkened groves their softest shadows wear,
And falling waters we distinctly hear;
When through the gloom more venerable shows
Some ancient fabric, awful in repose,
While sunburnt hills their swarthy looks conceal,
And swelling haycocks thicken up the vale:
When the loosed horse now, as his pasture leads,
Comes slowly grazing through th’ adjoining meads,
Whose stealing pace, and lengthened shade we fear,
Till torn-up forage in his teeth we hear: When nibbling sheep at large pursue their food,
And unmolested kine rechew the cud;
When curlews cry beneath the village walls,
And to her straggling brood the partridge calls;
Their shortlived jubilee the creatures keep,
Which but endures, whilst tyrant man does sleep;
When a sedate content the spirit feels,
And no fierce light disturbs, whilst it reveals;
But silent musings urge the mind to seek
Something, too high for syllables to speak;
Till the free soul to a composedness charmed,
Finding the elements of rage disarmed,
O’er all below a solemn quiet grown,
Joys in th’ inferior world, and thinks it like her own:
In such a night let me abroad remain,
Till morning breaks, and all’s confused again;
Our cares, our toils, our clamors are renewed,
Or pleasures, seldom reached, again pursued. START What's the point? The persona describes how at night they can truly be at peace. Theme: The night does not only change the actions and appearance of the environment but also in people. How's it said? Tone: soothing, relaxed Diction: Tons of imagery, relaxing descriptive words, many words either ending or starting with "s" Syntax: Run on sentences, a constant use of semicolons, commas, and colons. Rhyme Scheme: What can be sensed? Seen?
Everything! clouds, animals, the meadows, hills, grass etc. What moves? Personification: "waving moon"
"trembling leaves" horses grazing the pasture Zephyr fannng his wings clouds nibbling sheep Sounds like? falling water curlews cry horses grazing a solemn quiet What's used? Allusion:
Zephyr fanning his wings = Zephyr the Greek god of the winds
Lonely Philomel = Philomel was the princess of Athens who was turned into a swallow Both poems are concerned with a peace of mind.In both the use of imagery helps draw their point. A peace of mind is gained through the knowledge his wreath will live on A peace of mind is gain through the quiet of the night despite having a hectic day. Conclusion These two poems demonstrate how the use of tranquil imagery and allusion can achieve a peaceful state of mind for a reader. "A Nocturnal Reverie." By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea : The Poetry Foundation. Poetry Magazine, 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. "Song to Celia." By Ben Jonson : The Poetry Foundation. Poetry Magazine, 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. "World Biography." Anne Finch Biography. Advameg, Inc, 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2013 Choose A Persona.... or Ben Jonson Anne Finch The persona is persuading trying to persuade his love to return his love. The persona sends a rose wreath to her hoping that his love is clear but is sent back from his lover. A representation of the persona's
love for his lover Hatzitsinidou, Evangelia. "Winds in Greek Mythology." - the Greek Zephyr. N.p., 2005. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. "Philomel." Definition of in Oxford Dictionaries (British & World English). Oxford Dictionaries, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. Alliteration: " curlews cry"
"Something, too high for syllables to speak"
"composedness charmed" abccddeeffgg "World Biography." Ben Jonson Biography. Advameg, Inc, 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. Ross, David. "Ben Jonson Biography." Ben Jonson Biography. Britian Express, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. Rhymed poem in Iambic Tetrameter
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