Benjamin Jonson was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, which are considered his best, and his lyric poems. A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, Jonson had an unparalleled breadth of influence on Jacobean and Caroline playwrights and poets.
Jonson's poetry, like his drama, is informed by his classical learning. Some of his better-known poems are close translations of Greek or Roman models; all display the careful attention to form and style that often came naturally ... more »
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- On My First Son
- To Celia
- His Excuse for Loving
- A Farewell to the World
- Conditions of Living
- The Noble Nature
- A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme
- An Ode to Himself
- Come, My Celia
- Begging Another
- Have You Seen But A Bright Lily Grow
- Song to Celia II
- On My First Daughter
- A Hymn to God the Father
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Have you seen but a bright lily growBen Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyrick Peeces (l. 21-30). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. Geo...
Before rude hands have touch'd it?
Have you mark'd but the fall of the snow
Before the soil hath smutch'd it?
Have you felt the wool of...
Let it not your wonder move,Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyrick Peeces (l. 1-12). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. Geor...
Less your laughter, that I love.
Though I now write fifty years,
I have had, and have, my peers;
Poets, though divine, are men:
Rhyme, the rack of finest wits,
That expresseth but by fits
Spoiling senses of their treasure,
Cozening judgment with a measure,
But false weight;
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. A Fit of Rime against Rime (l. 1-12). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1...
Hear me, O God!Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. A Hymn to God the Father (l. 1-11). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (198...
A broken heart,
Is my best part:
Use still thy rod,
That I may prove
Therein, thy Love.
If thou hadst not
Beene stern to mee. ...
''Blueness doth express trueness.''Ben Jonson (1573-1637), British dramatist, poet. Amorphus, in Cynthia's Revels, act 5, sc. 2.
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