Who is Ben JonsonBenjamin Jonson (c. 11 June 1572 – c. 16 August 1637) was an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact 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 b...
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Ben Jonson Poems
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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- Dismas_gestas: "apes are apes, though clothed in scarlet." - ben jonson
- 1mirandaallen: on this day in 1605 controversial play "eastward hoe" by ben jonson, george chapman, and john marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
- Dalrymplefans: ben jonson was a killer, but anyone who campaigned against a performance of one of his plays because of it would be regarded as mad. many talented authors held repellent views or behaved very badly, but we still read them.
- Andrewschuman: doesn’t it. every time. “and, ask’d, say here doth lie/ ben jonson his best piece of poetry..”
- Jenbeee: drink to me only with thine eyes and i will pledge with mine. or leave a kiss within the cup and i’ll not ask for wine. ben jonson 1616 via johnny cash