1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Leigh Hunt, in Imagination and Fancy (1844) 197.



Let it not be omitted, that Milton went to the masques and odes of Ben Jonson for some of the elegancies even of his dignified muse. See Warton's edition of his Minor Poems, passim. Our extracts shall commence with one of these odes ["To Cynthia; — The Moon"], combining classic elegance with a tone of modern feeling, and a music like a serenade.