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DevynGwynne: Brain rot is seeing Ben Jonson’s text on a syllabus and thinking “omg that’s Kenny’s bestie”

GaryLawson123: West Ham bringing Ben Jonson on. Would have thought a 16th century poet was a bit aged for such a pressure game?

St_Orberose: Ben Jonson carped that Marlowe had taken the poet’s privilege to ‘differ from the vulgar somewhat’ as license to ‘fly from all humanity,’ and he praised the matter of Spenser’s poems but lamented that in them he ‘writ no language.’

Keepapitchinin: Hmmm. Am reading an unusually detailed 1878 letter reporting disagreements between a man and his family. The man reports that during one argument over water his son "let off Gass from below." Wasn't it Ben Jonson who wrote in a play, "I fart at thee"?

MPSTowerHam: We were called at 2.25pm to a stabbing in Ben Jonson Rd, E1 A 17-yr-old male was taken to hospital suffering a serious injury to his hand. His condition is not life-threatening There has been no arrest yet. Tackling violence is our top priority; an investigation is under way...

thtsrasec: True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice. - Ben Jonson

puer_corvus: ben jonson wrote an entire poem talking about how cool shakespeare was and called him "my beloved" IN the title . gay

benn_jonson: Ben Jonson, Barack Obama, John Florio, Bruce Lee

clitullus: oh and that one about catullus and ben jonson

TrinaLTalma: “A poem, as I have told you, is the work of the poet; the end and fruit of his labor and study.” - Ben Jonson

SeanMcClain_1: Common, guys, Ben Jonson's 17th century commedia dell'arte, Volpone (The Fox) is the perfect text for a graphic novel. Give these kids some culture.

MuggleSith: Yeah, looking at old tombstones is always sobering. All those children. And then you have poets who mourned multiple children in poems. Here's Ben Jonson lamenting the loss of his son:

DavidCranmerUn1: The Invisible College has been described as a precursor group to the Royal Society of London, consisting of a number of natural philosophers around Robert Boyle. The concept of "invisible college" is mentioned in German Rosicrucian pamphlets in the early 17th century. Ben Jonson

Tabitha93794286: Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Ben Jonson

mjcunniff: About the plagiarism essay I’ll say only that if you’re directly yanking anecdotes from Wikipedia for your online essays you can’t be mad about “plagiarism” when someone else does. Like, are you Ben Jonson? No? You got the plagiarism bit from Wikipedia’s “etymology” section too.

ianzpotter: Thinking about it, the name Cressida Dick has the same troubling clunk as Pandora Braithwaite. The on-the-nose naming of pretty much everyone in public life is a pretty strong hint we're living in a bad satirical novel or possibly a Ben Jonson comedy that needs lots of footnotes.

alacrates: I did not know Ben Jonson wrote a masque about the a foolish student wishing to be admitted to the Rosicrucian order, complete with a description of this travelling, invisible college. It was first performed in 1624, the year after the First Folio of Shakespeare was published.

BeyondShakes: What play were we reading recently? It's... The Case in Altered by Ben Jonson -

edmundheaphy: “Let them call it mischief; when it is past and prospered, it will be virtue.” — Ben Jonson

flowersfromlily: "To Celia" by Ben Jonson 'Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine'

Beer_Equipments: Beer Thoughts “Drink today, and drown all sorrow; You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow; Best, while you have it, use your breath; There is no drinking after death.” — Ben Jonson

louisiem: Ah - Ben Jonson - if I knew this, I’d forgotten - it’s been a tough couple of years.

TrainingMindful: “True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends - but in the worth and choice.” ~ Ben Jonson

orpheus_laments: Song from The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson

cognatico: Pretty much sure it’s almost the polar opposite of Shakespeare, but Ben Jonson delivers his puns sharply and smoothly. “Volpone” use its setting in Venice after all. Might as well have chosen a foreign setting so that Jonson could construct its environment with satirical sayings.

jsief: Ben Jonson, second-hand, via Drummond of Hawthornden’s « conversations with Ben Jonson » (dubious)

PeakGrauniad: Have we reached peak ben jonson?

BellShakespeare: Join us for on 10 May for our Play In A Day reading of Ben Jonson's searing comedy THE ALCHEMIST. Cast just 1 day in advance, actors and director spend the day together before standing script-in-hand in front of an audience! At Pier 2/3 Sydney. More info:

FeinsteinKen: How many Shakespeare scholars know that Ben Jonson wrote this?

DavidCranmerUn1: century. The concept of "invisible college" is mentioned in German Rosicrucian pamphlets in the early 17th century. Ben Jonson in England referenced the idea, related in meaning to Francis Bacon's House of Solomon, in a masque The Fortunate Isles and Their Union from 1624/5.

nekomessiah144: and Ben Jonson (1889). His devotion to Shakespeare and his unrivaled knowledge of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama are reflected in his early play Chastelard (1865).

MarkCauley: "Deceit and falsehood, for whatever conveniences they may for a rime promose or produce, are in the sum of life, obstacles to happiness." - Ben Jonson (Shakespeare crony)

BeyondShakes: Next week in our online free exploring sessions we're looking at The Poetaster by Ben Jonson Tue-Friday afternoons from 2pm BST. Also Thursday evening we're returning to 1623 Lord Mayors Show, other times/sessions tba. Sign Up open till Saturday morning!

RStritmatter: Roger Stritmatter – Witty Numbers: Ben Jonson’s Shakespeare First Folio ...

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soxgnasher: Old Carpenters Arms 78 Ben Jonson Road Stepney London

Jennife13972905: Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Ben Jonson

kimukuma: メモ Ben Jonson ・English Grammar(1640) R.H.Robins ・Ancient & Medieval Grammatical Theory in Europe.

soxgnasher: Commercial Tap Beer House, 66 Ben Jonson Road, Limehouse E1

BestQuote85: He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity. -Ben Jonson -Strength

AncientWisdomHQ: "Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times." - Ben Jonson

MLRPromotions: Ben Jonson: "Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times."

azforeman: (I should note that for Gil, Shakespeare was beneath contempt or mention, as a man who wrote for the theater. Gil seems to have avoided quoting or even metioning any poet who did anything for the stage. Ben Jonson later gave him shit for not ranking him as a satirist for this.)

dirkster42_: We need more movies of Ben Jonson plays.

hasanih1: I love Sheikh Spear. “He was not of an age, but for all time.” Ben Jonson.

BookOfNeoMormon: Has any evidence turned up that De Vere *didn’t* write the Merry Wives of Windsor? I’ve always secretly hoped he let Ben Jonson “borrow” Falstaff.

HilaryRSparkes: When it's St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday and you're more Thomas a Becket and Ben Jonson...

avoiding_bears: they’ve dug up Ben Jonson and he’s writing an antimasque based loosely on Love Island

RaspiArduino: "Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" -- Ben Jonson

Page_Upon_Page: The dramatic works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont and Fletcher (Published: 1811) Full text:

EricIdle: He was drinking the night before with Ben Jonson and another playwright and fell into a ditch on the way home…

BobMIII: “Tri'umph, my Britain, thou hast one to show To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe. He was not of an age but for all time!” Ben Jonson’s epitaph to William Shakespeare. 458 years ago, the Bard was born. If you write for a living in the English language, you owe him thanks.

KateMaltby: William Shakespeare <—> Christopher Marlowe Thomas Middleton <—> Ben Jonson

TrainingMindful: “Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.” ~ Ben Jonson

ajgreen62: Happy birthday Shakespeare. (Also the day he died.) As Ben Jonson eulogised, "He was not of an age but for all time!"

andshoal: The playwright Ben Jonson said of his friend William Shakespeare, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” A certain famous modern celebrity said of him a few years ago that she found him “as dull as ditchwater”. 10/

barmcakemag: "Me and the missis have opened a small hotel - we offer bed and bard. Are you having that ladies and gentlemen? The wife said to me you've got two wasps on your ruffle, or are they bees? I said - two bees or not two bees. Come on you can laugh, we're not at a Ben Jonson play."

edpearce080759: William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, at the age of 52 at New Place. It is alleged that he died from a cold brought on by a heavy drinking session with his friend Ben Jonson.

AsimkumarGosw11: 'The Alchemist'by Ben Jonson , a novel where a boy embarks on a journey unearthing hidden treasure in the Egyptian pyramids by addicted to haunted dreams.He came across mentor ,falls in passionate love gets transformed to recovers real entity ....

Olive20101: O health! Health! The blessing of the rich, the riches of the poor! Who can buy thee at too dear a rate, since there is no enjoying this world without thee? ~ Ben Jonson

TomCook24: Okay, which joker came up with the idea that Ben Jonson’s poems should be printed by a guy called *John Benson*?

MrShaxper: primrose path I trod would lead me to teaching Ben Jonson.

allo_nothing: The only valid genders, according to Ben Jonson.

alacrates: Ben Jonson had a copy of the Hypnerotomachia in his collection

ToiletGuru: Thomas Middleton, born OTD in 1580, stands with John Fletcher and Ben Jonson among the most successful and prolific of the playwrights at work during the Jacobean period

KumaranRipley: Ivaru periya ben jonson, english solli koduka vanthutaru cocky savarnas and their obvious casteist jabber of everyday , and also disagreeing with a savarna woman is misogynistic to our savarna lowbrows , god save india lol

azforeman: There are at least 8 explicit attestations of the vowel in this word between 1500 and 1700, including from one guy (Ben Jonson) who knew Shakespeare personally. The vowel they report varies. Some give the DRESS vowel, others the MEAT vowel, and one (Hodges) reports the KIT vowel.

noluckst2: Might read Ben Jonson's Sejanus idk

poemtoday: OF DEATH He that fears death, or mourns it, in the just, Shews of the Resurrection little trust. Ben Jonson

kilsyroblesruiz: Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Ben Jonson

alacrates: Ben Jonson was one of the the four writers that Joyce said that he'd read the complete works of, every single line. (The others were Flaubert, Ibsen and Defoe.)

WhitakerIve: Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Ben Jonson

msu_libraries: Dr. Eric Vivier, Associate Professor of English, recommends today's poem - "Though I am Young, and cannot Tell," by Ben Jonson. You can read the complete poem here -

marciokondor: Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Ben Jonson

alacrates: Ben Jonson is recorded as mentioning that he had a coat-of-arms, which depicted a broken compass, with the foot at the circle's center intact, but the foot that would trace the circumference missing

FeinsteinKen: One thing we can be sure of. Ben Jonson knew EXACTLY who wrote the works of Shakespeare. He knew if it was William Shakespeare or Henry Neville or someone else. Here is what he wrote about Neville, Beaumont, and Donne.

mahou_mage: ben jonson was BI himself

tondoleo_f: Lovely duplex here in Ben Jonson House at the Barbican. Fantastic staircase and it's on the corner, overlooking The Jugged Hare on Chiswell Street, so, if you've got the social confidence to carry it off, you could shuffle over there in your slippers.

alacrates: Getting the sense that Ben Jonson was a master at lubridriums, jokes, literary games To ask if he's lying or telling the truth is missing the point

stephenheiner: 4 of 5 stars to Five Plays by Ben Jonson

theebaguette: “Tonight, grave sir, both my poor house, and I Do equally desire your company; Not that we think us worthy such a guest, But that your worth will dignify our feast” Inviting a Friend to Supper -Ben Jonson

lauraingalli: I'm teaching Ben Jonson's Volpone today, which miraculously allows me to reminisce my Commedia dell'Arte days (here playing Pantalone)

deveresocietyuk: Roger Stritmatter – Witty Numbers: Ben Jonson’s Shakespeare First Folio ...

alacrates: You can get to two eleven and nines adding up to forty in multiple ways... eleven letters in the title, acrostic TWO in the first half of the poem, nine letters in Ben Jonson's name...

alacrates: Ben Jonson's verses as numbers, relations to ciphers, gematria, playing cards and tarrochi, I couldn't be more fascinated...

alacrates: Ben Jonson's epitaph for Elizabeth, laid out in a Cardano grid with twenty nine columns "If at all she had a fault, Leave it buried in this vault. One name was Elizabeth, Th' other let it sleep with death"

alacrates: This is if you choose 29 for the Cardano grid, based on Ben Jonson's initials B.I. B = 2 I = 9

alacrates: I'm a Ben Jonson novice, but seems pretty obvious to me that he wrote the poems at the Stratford monument

FAIZANN45: Nothing is more short-lived than pride. - Ben Jonson MUNAWAR OWNING LOCKUPP

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NewYorkSun: POEM OF THE DAY: Inviting a Friend to Supper by Ben Jonson

lbrasherfons: should i become ben jonson pilled

myhomeworkgeeks: The comparison of Ben Jonson`s The Alchemist

hope_mcnamee: nvm it included Ian mckellen roasting Ben Jonson I take it back

AcademiaAesthe1: "Those who have not faced adversity do not know their strength." - Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)

BestQuote85: Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times. -Ben Jonson -Good

alacrates: Fascinating detail of Ben Jonson's grammar school - a tremendous amount of reading, in Latin, Greek, then Hebrew - 8pm bedtime, but boys would carry on a relay of study thro the night, waking up the next student, fill them in on what you learned, & he'd take over the next watch

U83838769: "The soul of man is infinite in what it covets." -Ben Jonson

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