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Journal Article

City Limits: Nashe's 'Choise of Valentines' and Jonson's 'Famous Voyage'

Katherine Duncan-Jones
The Review of English Studies
New Series, Vol. 56, No. 224 (Apr., 2005), pp. 247-262
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3661419
Page Count: 16
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City Limits: Nashe's 'Choise of Valentines' and Jonson's 'Famous Voyage'
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Abstract

Written originally as a tribute to John Carey, this article is concerned with literary and personal relations between Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson and with generic parallels and contrasts between two of their poems. Both poems, Nashe's 'Choise of Valentines' and Jonson's 'The Famous Voyage', concern short, unsavoury, adventurous journeys in or near the City of London. Both are characterized by 'liquid' imagery appropriate to the River Thames. But while Nashe's pornographic yet lyrical poem celebrates female sexuality and laments the transience of pleasure, Jonson's mock-heroic 'Voyage' explores the filth and 'hot air' of the City of London.

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