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Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture$
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A. W. Johnson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117599.001.0001

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Structural Change in the Masques, 1610–1616

Structural Change in the Masques, 1610–1616

(p.197) 8. Structural Change in the Masques, 1610–1616
Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture

A. W. Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the structural differences in Jonson's later masques – namely Oberon, Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly, Love Restored, and The Irish Masque – compared with those that came before. The decrease in Jonson's use of harmony as a means of structuring the overall form of the masques does not mean that he neglects numbers altogether. A glance at the more complex (and less ‘musical’) proportions in the masques of the 1616 Folio implies that these became, if anything, more functionally relevant after 1609 than they had been in the earlier period; and help us to view the continuity of Jonson's thought with greater clarity.

Keywords:   Ben Jonson, masques, Oberon, Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly, Love Restored, Irish Masque, harmony, numbers

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