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Ben Jonson : poetry and architecture

Author: A W Johnson
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Series: Oxford English monographs.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using annotated architectural volumes surviving from Jonson's library as well as his published works, A.W. Johnson surveys the evidence for Jonson's knowledge of, and theoretical agreement with, the architectural principles enunciated in the De architectura libri decem of the Roman architect Vitruvius. He goes on to examine Jonson's encomiastic poetry and the early masques in the light of the latter's interest in  Read more...
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Johnson, A. W. (Anthony W.)
Ben Jonson.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)622489110
Named Person: Ben Jonson; Vitruvius Pollio; Vitruvius; Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson; Vitruve
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A W Johnson
ISBN: 0198117590 9780198117599
OCLC Number: 28708405
Description: xviii, 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Sources. 1. Jonson and the Vitruvian Aesthetic. 2. Jonson, Jones, and Vitruvian Romance. 3. Colonna and the Early Masques --
Pt. 2. Architectonic Patterns in the Encomiastic Poetry. 4. Centred Form and the Poetry of Praise --
Pt. 3. Vitruvianism and the Early Masques. 5. 'Those curious Squares, and Rounds': Number and Structure in the Masques. 1605-1608. 6. The Marriage Masques 1606-1608. 7. The Masque of Queens, 1609. 8. Structural Change in the Masque, 1610-1616 --
APP. I: The Numerical Structuring of Jonson's Early Masques --
APP. II: Jonson, Jones, and the Temple of Solomon.
Series Title: Oxford English monographs.
Responsibility: A.W. Johnson.
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Although Ben Jonson's association with architecture is well known, comparatively little research has been devoted to the influence of architectural thinking on his literary work. This book sets out  Read more...

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