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To the Memory of My Beloved
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 William Shakespeare Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales and famous British writer (20) Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queen and famous British writer (20) Beaumont, famous British dramatist and poet (20) John Lyly, famous British dramatist, poet, and playwright; author of Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and His England (29) Thomas Kyd, famous British playwright; author of The Spanish Tragedy (30) Christopher Marlowe, famous British poet and playwright; author of Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta (30) Aeschylus, ancient Greek tragedian and author of Prometheus Bound (33) Euripides, ancient Greek tragedian (34) Sophocles, ancient Greek tragedian and author of Antigone and Oedipus the King (34) Pacuvius, tragic poet from ancient Rome (35) Accius, Latin poet to whom Aesop's Fables are attributed (35) Seneca the Young ("him of Cordova dead"), Roman philosopher and playwright (35) Aristophanes, comic playwright from ancient Athens commonly known as "The Father of Comedy" (51) Terence, ancient Roman playwright (52) Plautus, ancient Roman playwright (52) Historical References Poet's Corner, a famous area of Westminster Abbey where great authors are traditionally buried or memorialized (19-22) Eliza, reference to Queen Elizabeth I, Queen of England and fan of Shakespeare's plays (74) James, reference to King James of England, the present King of England when Jonson was writing (74)
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