Ben Jonson

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Ben Jonson Biography

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 to those trained in classics in the humanist manner. Jonson, however, largely avoided the debates about rhyme and met ...

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Ligmaa 16 January 2019

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Celia Warren 22 July 2013

I think I'm in love with Ben Jonson. I certainly love his poems. And his voice is so modern - as are his looks. I have gazed at his portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London and he could be a 21st century man. Then I return to his poetry - his voice is so modern in so many ways. He can make me laugh in one, and weep in another - the art of the true poet/dramatist.

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Lui Pesamino 18 October 2007

man your poems are tigth! I love reading them.

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The Best Poem Of Ben Jonson

On My First Son

Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy.
Seven years thou'wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
O, could I lose all father now! For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?
To have so soon 'scap'd world's and flesh's rage,
And, if no other misery, yet age?
Rest in soft peace, and, ask'd, say here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.
For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such,
As what he loves may never like too much.

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Ben Jonson Quotes

11 November 2014

Blueness doth express trueness.

11 November 2014

I do honour the very flea of his dog.

11 November 2014

Donne, for not keeping of accent, deserved hanging ... Shakespeare wanted art ... Sharpham, Day, Dekker, were all rogues.

11 November 2014

For I loved the man and do honour his memory, on this side of idolatry, as much as any.

11 November 2014

'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.

11 November 2014

We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.

11 November 2014

He threatens many that hath injured one.

11 November 2014

Language most shews a man: Speak, that I may see thee.

11 November 2014

The players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing, whatsoever he penned, he never blotted out [a] line. My answer hath been, "Would he had blotted a thousand."

11 November 2014

Talking is the disease of age.

11 November 2014

They say princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.

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