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The Male Voice Vs the Female Voice as Illustrated by Ben Jonson and Anne Bradstreet Although many writers choose the concept of love to be the subject of their poetry they do not all approach it in the same way Some may use a pessimistic or cynical tone while others may view love with rosy glasses Ben Jonson and Anne Bradstreet are two such poets who chose love as one of their many topics Though they both write about love and to a person who at least the speaker appears to love they do so in a decidedly different fashion In this essay we will look at Jonsons Song To Celia and Bradstreets To My Dear and Loving Husband and compare them on the bases of tone sexual reference and attitude Jonsons Song To Celia is written with a very pleading tone to it The speakers main purpose is not to declare his love for Celia but rather to use his love as manipulative device He asks her several questions in the poem that plead for answer Why should we defer our joys he asks Celia Jonsons speaker wants something from Celia and throughout the poem endeavors to get his wish Though his love for Celia is inferred it is never blatantly stated It is easy to read this poem in two ways the speaker truly loves Celia and is pleading for her to grant his request or the speaker is simply using Celias inferred love for him to gain acquiescence from Celia Either way the tone of the poem reads pleadingly and shows how desperate the speaker is Like Jonsons poem Anne Bradstreets To My Dear and Loving Husband also incorporates love into her poetry However Bradstreets poem has an entirely different tone than does Jonsons To My Dear and Loving Husband has none of the pleading qualities that Song To Celia was full of but rather
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