‘Those <i>Lyrick</i> Feasts, made at the <i>Sun</i>, the <i>Dog</i>, the triple <i>Tunne</i>’: Going Clubbing with Ben Jonson

Michelle O’Callaghan

in ‘Lords of Wine and Oile’

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604777
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729355 | DOI:
‘Those Lyrick Feasts, made at the Sun, the Dog, the triple Tunne’: Going Clubbing with Ben Jonson

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Herrick engaged in a dialogue with Jonson throughout his literary career, from the early 1610s to the publication of Hesperides in 1648. Jonson's influence may have remained a constant, but what it meant to imitate Jonson changed. In the early 1610s, when Herrick began composing poetry, Jonson offered an exclusive yet meritocratic author function and communal identity. Later, at the end of the 1640s, when royalist writers actively sought to renew the Jonsonian community, Herrick used the symposiastic lyric to resurrect Jonson, and to consider the possibilities for cultural and aesthetic renewal. Jonsonian literary filiation was therefore central to Herrick's authorial self-fashioning. By adopting Jonson as his literary father, Herrick was able to mediate issues of social status and construct lines of literary descent that could serve as powerful vectors for continuity and tradition.

Keywords: Sons of Ben; Jonson; symposiastic lyric; community; tradition; influence; Herrick

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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