Study Guide

Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount Tough-o-Meter

By Ben Jonson


(4) Base Camp

Ben Jonson was a one clever dude, which means that he has a few tricks up his sleeve in "Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount." For one thing, this poem is often taken out of its context in the play, so if you don't know about the play you might be a little confused about that "withered daffodil" business. And if you've never heard of Echo or Narcissus, you'd be hard pressed to have a clue about what's going on. But with the right background information and a patience for poetic devices, this poem is sure to please your ear.