1. Jonson's Oberon and Friends: Masque and Music in 1611

  1. Helen Wilcox

Published Online: 30 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118327647.ch1

1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England

1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England

How to Cite

Wilcox, H. (ed) (2014) Jonson's Oberon and Friends: Masque and Music in 1611, in 1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118327647.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193917

Online ISBN: 9781118327647

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Keywords:

  • 1611;
  • ayry Musique;
  • Ben Jonson;
  • friends;
  • Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly;
  • masque;
  • music;
  • Oberon, The Faery Prince

Summary

The text for Oberon, The Faery Prince, which includes dialogue, lyric verse, stage directions, scenic descriptions and learned annotation, was written by Ben Jonson. Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly establishes a particularly powerful bond between the character of Love and those watching his plight. Another thread of interest running through Love Freed is its deeply Jonsonian concern with language itself. In 1611 the power of words was central, from the translated word of the Bible and the rhetoric of verse and narrative to the enacted words of proclamations, plays and sermons. The integral role of music is specifically highlighted in the conclusion to Love Freed: at the ‘going out’ of the masquers, full of joy in the knowledge that ‘Gentle Love is free, and Beautie blest’, the chorus calls for ‘ayry Musique’ to ‘sound, and teach our feet, / How to move in time, and measure meet’.