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Song to Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes")

Song to Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes")

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

  • Philostratus, Letter XXIV (1-4)
  • Philostratus, Letter XXV (5-6)
  • Philostratus, Letter XXX (9-12)
  • Philostratus, Letter XXXI (13-16)

Historical References

  • Lady Mary Wroth – It is not known for certain if Celia is Lady Mary Wroth, but many scholars think she is. Check out "In a Nutshell" for more on Wroth.

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