Ben Jonson's admiration for Southwell's ‘Burning Babe’

Anne Sweeney

in Robert Southwell

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074189
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701195 | DOI:
Ben Jonson's admiration for Southwell's ‘Burning Babe’

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This introductory chapter discusses Robert Southwell, who is best known for his poem ‘Burning Babe’. It first describes his childhood and teenage years, and notes that his exposure to Latin and English was driven by the events surrounding his induction into a core group of religious brothers, as well as the practical needs of refutation and controversy. The chapter then discusses some of Southwell's early writings and several aspects of his life, training and different agendas, also considering the approach of the Jesuits to writing, Southwell's use of poetry for religious matters and his identity as an author.

Keywords: Robert Southwell; religious brothers; early writings; Jesuits; poetry; religious matters; authorial identity

Chapter.  18048 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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