Thursday, March 7, 2019
Ben Jonson Song to Celia Essay
Ben Jonsons melodic phrase To Celia can vary in interpreting dep destroying on the reader. The interpretation of the poem can either be that of a man confessing his love to a woman who rejects him or that of a man in love with a woman who he has had a previous, unsuccessful dealinghip with. Jonsons diction, hoar scheme, rhythm, and symbolism make Song To Celia an intriguing piece which requires the reader to read creatively. Song To Celia has a self-consistent rhythm of alternating iambic tetrameter and trimeter throughout the poem.The rhyme scheme is ABCB, ABCB until a variegate in line nine to DEFE with one slant rhyme pair. The change in rhyme scheme from ABCB to DEFE represends a change in the tone of the poem while staying true to its sing-song nature. From lines one through eight, Jonson uses drinking and thirst as metaphors for love and desire. In the opening line when he says drink to me, only with thine eyes, Jonson is personifying Celias eyes and metaphorically sugge sting that they are up to(p) to declare love.The recurring reference to wine and drinking implies that love is intoxicate and in line two, it is implied that a pledge similar to a whoop it up can be made of love similarly to a promise. In line five, the verbaliser unit mentions the thirst from the soul in reference to the speaker units desire to live happily in love with Celia. The speaker even says that he will give up immortality presented to him in crystalline form just to be with her. Line nine presents a change in the poem. The speakers love from line nine to the end of the poem is compared to a wreath.A wreath typically represents eternity with its round shape. The diction of this poem, however, suggests that the wreath represents rejection. The wreath is a gift that the speaker sent to Celia who returned it to him. In line fifteen, the wreath grows and smells. The crop of the wreath represents the growth of love inside the speaker only and the smell signifies the lin gering of Celias presence in the speakers thoughts. Jonson makes an interesting choice by having the speaker send a late rosy wreath on line nine.Late can either mean at iniquity or occurring after the proper time. Depending on the readers interpretation of this line, the poem can have completely different meanings. If the wreath is considered to be sent at night, Celia has simply rejected its sender. If the wreath is considered to be sent after the proper time however, it is implied that Celia and the speaker have had previous relations with each other and that the speaker has sent the wreath in hopes of another(prenominal) chance at romance and happiness.By describing the wreath as shrivelled in line twelve, it is implied that something that once existed has now died. The difference between the hopeful, longing, elate feeling of the first half of the poem with the defeat in the consequence half is what makes this poem profound in its telling of rejection. The use of metaphors and elusive language appeal to the readers emotions and provoke their thoughts add to the confusion and passion of aslope love, thus making Ben Jonsons Song To Celia an effective work in its portrayal.