Who is Ben Jonson

Benjamin Jonson (c. 11 June 1572 – c. 16 August 1637) was an English playwright and poet. Jonson's artistry exerted a lasting influence upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours; he is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Fox (c. 1606), The Alchemist (1610) and Bartholomew Fair (1614) and for his lyric and epigrammatic poetry. "He is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I."Jonson was a classically educated, well-read and cultured man of the English Renaissance with an appetite for controversy (personal and political, artistic and intellectual) whose cultural influence was of unparalleled breadth upon the playwrights and the poet...
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Ben Jonson Poems

  • Cupid
    Beauties, have ye seen this toy,
    Called love, a little boy
    Almost naked, wanton, blind,
    Cruel now, and then as kind? ...
  • A Sonnet, To The Noble Lady, The Lady Mary Wroth
    I that have been a lover, and could show it,
    Though not in these, in rhymes not wholly dumb,
    Since I exscribe your sonnets, am become
    A better lover, and much better poet. ...
  • An Ode To Himself
    Where dost thou careless lie,
    Buried in ease and sloth?
    Knowledge that sleeps doth die;
    And this security, ...
  • To John Donne
    Donne, the delight of Phoebus and each Muse
    Who, to thy one, all other brains refuse;
    Whose every work of thy most early wit
    Came forth example, and remains so yet; ...
  • To Sir Robert Wroth
    How blest art thou, canst love the countrey, Wroth,
    Whether by choyce, or fate, or both!
    And, though so neere the Citie, and the Court,
    Art tane with neithers vice, nor sport: ...
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Love 33 I Love You 33 Good 31 Light 29 Life 26 Night 26 Sweet 25 Great 22 Thought 22 Face 21


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Azforeman: i had some more fun in early modern english pronunciation with a few more poems by shakespeare's frenemy ben jonson: "the hourglass" and "on my picture left in scotland", "the dream", "on shakespeare's portrait". the reading is now available publicly
Jlfaith07: come, my celia, let us prove while we may the sports of love; time will not be ours forever he at length our good will sever. spend not then his gifts in vain. suns that set may rise again. - ben jonson
Jepsonarg: ben jonson, "every man in his humour" what hough? my stopple, come.
Cassiedymoke: my name is inigo jones, you slagged off my architecture to all my friends, prepare to die - inigo jones on ben jonson in 1631
Joyouism: the alchemist by ben jonson
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