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Ben Jonsons To the Memory of My Beloved The Author Mr William Shakespeare and What He Hath Left Us and John Miltons On Shakespeare are both tributes to Shakespeare that try to bring to light how he has affected the world Although the topics of both poems are the same and imagery used in them is similar there are differences in style and how Shakespeare is depicted In John Miltons poem Shakespeare seems to be described through the eyes of a peer while Jonsons poem praises Shakespeare as though the speaker was groveling on his knees The style of On Shakespeare seems calm and concise while Ben Jonsons poem is grandiose and longwinded Even through different styles and both Jonson and Milton end up with the same argument that Shakespeares work should be revered and because of the greatness of his work he will be remembered forever Both Jonsons and Miltons poems use images of Greek mythological characters to assert their arguments The speaker in To the Memory of My Beloved The Author Mr William Shakespeare and What He Hath Left Us describes Shakespeares poetry as work that neither man nor muse can praise too much 4 Through this statement the speaker seems to put Shakespeare and his work on a pedestal The speaker states that even a muse a demi-god cant give enough praise to Shakespeare suggesting that his work is above the gods The speaker in On Shakespeare also makes references to Greek mythology by describing Shakespeares work as Delphic lines 12 These words refer to Delphi the city where Apollo the god of poetry held his oracle The statement compares Shakespeares work to that of Apollo Although it may seem as if the references to Greek mythology in both poems make the same argument Jonson goes a step beyond Milton While Milton argues that Shakespeares work is god-like Jonson states that Shakespeares poetry is above the gods Jonsons claim that Shakespeare
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