Writer, Critic, Actor
By Tim Galamaga
O but consider this small dust, here running in the glass ,By atoms moved.Could you believe that this the body was Of one that loved? And in his mistress' flame playing like a fly, Turned to cinders by her eye? Yes, and in death as life unblest, To have't expressed, Even ashes of lovers find no rest.
It is unclear when the poem was actually written, but it can still be found in many poetry collections and online databases. It is not necessarily a famous poem, but is indeed an interesting piece of artwork created by an interesting man. There is not much significance regarding the work itself, rather than the underlying tones conveyed by it that represent Jonson. I postulate that the description of a dead lover and the sadness that goes along with that represents a past love that Jonson had, possibly during his marriage. Jonson was very unhappy in his marriage and did not particularly like his wife. I think the love described in the poem still holds the key to his heart, and that he perhaps won't find love again, which is why he is so unhappy.
FUN FACT ABOUT BEN JONSON
Fierce Rivalry With William Shakespeare
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