Ben Jonson

(11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637 / London / England)

For A Girl In A Book - Poem by Ben Jonson

Kim, composite of all my loves,
less real than most, more real than all;
of my making, all the good and
some of the bad, yet of yourself;
sole, unique, strong, alone,
whole, independent, one: yet mine
in that you cannot be unfaithful.

Comments about For A Girl In A Book by Ben Jonson

  • Zoila T. Flores (7/12/2017 9:23:00 AM)

    That's love indeed. Well done my friend! Zoila T. Flores (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/11/2017 1:32:00 PM)

    Yet of yourself! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/11/2017 11:34:00 AM)

    As usual, I find myself agreeing with Lantz, once I decipher his complexity and adjust my eyes to his perspective. I believe perhaps here the humility may be the result of that phenomenon of writing where our creation begins to take on a life of its own, and expands into something greater than our original design, such that when it is complete, we may step back and genuinely admire what has emerged. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/11/2017 8:14:00 AM)

    yet mine
    in that you cannot be unfaithful....................................... Excellent. Nice post. Thanks.
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  • Lantz Pierre (7/11/2017 2:35:00 AM)

    What a crazy little ode. I love it. Meta-writing, usually an exercise in self-aggrandizement, is pulled and polished with finesse here. The author creates a fictional love interest, drawing on all the experiences and observations and imaginings a writer uses when creating a character, and then he writes a poem of adulation to his creation. Which is a little like saying, My, what a wonderful writer I am. But he couches it in terms of the uniqueness of the creation, it's fidelity to his impulses, not whether it's all bad or all good, but that it is all °him°. The created character is his creation and can be credited to no one else. A hard twist to pull off without exhibiting hubris, but this is humbly done. Lovely. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/11/2017 2:01:00 AM)

    Such a sweet and lovely poem... Thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

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