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Peter Carriere

Abstract

Ben Jonson was by no means a minor character of the early seventeenth century. His writings ranged from plays like Sejanus and Every Man in His Humor to poems like "Song: To Celia" and "To the Memory of My Beloved", "The Author", "Mr. William Shakespeare", and "What He Hath Left Us." He was bold in his attempts. As a result, while many of his works are extremely popular, there are several that proved to be not so successful. Jonson's attempt at speaking as a woman in his "In the Person of Womankind (In Defense of their Inconstancy)" is one example. Jonson fails in his use of words to embody a woman's feelings.

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