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On My First Son

On My First Son

by Ben Jonson

Analysis: Allusions

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References:

Martial, Epigrams, VI. xxix (11-12)

Historical References:

Benjamin Jonson, first son of the poet (whole poem)

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