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Week 239: On My First Son, by Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson’s first son died of the plague in 1603, aged seven. This for me is one of the great English poems, an elegy for a lost child that resonates as powerfully now as it must have done four centuries ago. 295 more words


no room to swing a cat

Q. Once hairy scenter did transgress,
     Whose dame, both powerful and fierce,
     Tho’ hairy scenter took delight
     To do the thing both fair and right,

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Ben Jonson, Thomas More, Roger Ascham, Thomas Hoby (Castiglione), Philip Sidney, Mary Wroth, Francis Bacon: Humanism...

What a wail of a day we have had coursing through this amazing gallery of Renaissance delights!

Ben Jonson’s wonderful poems about his dinner table and the reading he supplies for his guests- and then his savage poem about eating too much “On Guts” : Gut eats all day, and lechers all the night…. 925 more words

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Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)

‘Elizabethan London was livelier, noisier, smellier, probably more dangerous and certainly more colourful than the city we know today.’  

Gamino Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld…

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Assignments for April 21

We’ll read two country house poems for this class that pair well together. Country house poems are longer than most of the lyrics we have read so far, so you’ll still need to get a headstart on these. 149 more words


Dee After Dee

John Dee died aged 81 in 1609, but his legend lived on. His son Arthur survived him and became a famous alchemist in his own right. 585 more words

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Musing Mondays: Favourite Names in Literature

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted at The Purple Booker which asks you to answer either the random question or one of the following prompts: 269 more words