Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson,
you write very beautifully
Write your stories with such little detail,
but very meaningfully.

You write though so simple,
your sonnets and poems,
maybe it’s what you know,
giving you no problems

You should open your eyes
maybe to a woman,
I don’t think you’d be simple
You’d be a true man.

For instance, Aemilia Lanyer
whom, like you is quite religious,
With a woman’s help,
You could become more prostegious.

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Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

5 thoughts on “Ben Jonson

  1. I’m aware of your artful skillThat transcends genres with great grace.The fields of knowledge you did till.The art of words, you changed the face.Adventure seemed important too.You even got away with crime.The most engaged author I knew.You knew how to avoid harsh time!How your spirit did not waverInspires a strong self in me.So your life is one to savorWhat the wife lacks is what we see.You can be honored on your own,Something we both hath done and shown.

  2. Though I do respect you neglect for the law. But How I bore with all this religious prattle. How about some rhymes of about a battle.Ha, look at me some drunkin’ miller do better than the likes of th’. Now poets like Herrick and Suckling they know how to write some poetry. Damn straight seize the the day and drink and eat and especially deflower away thats what i say.

  3. I do appreciate the great art of poetry in all its aspects my friends but your ways are so confusing and and so much harder. I do not like to tut my own horn persay but my way is so much easier and is still greatly used in today’s world. Why not stop the strain you put on yourselves and learn my way?

  4. I do agree of this Aemilia Lanyer that you speak of. Her dream of my dear love is quite similar to that of my visions. I am no doubtful reader that she speaks to because her words I do believe. Johnson will do well with a lady like Aemilia.

  5. Yes it is beautiful and from the heart my dear but it is extremely confusing. My poems were beautiful and to the point. These forms of poetry just “beat around the bush”. Please I beg you to adopt my way. Make life easier on yourselves.

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