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Ben Jonson - An Introduction
Benjamin "Ben" Jonson was born in June, 1572. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays; ‘Volpone’, ‘The Alchemist’, and ‘Bartholomew Fair’, and his equally accomplished lyric poems.
A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, including time in jail and a penchant for switching faiths, Jonson had an unparalleled breadth of influence on Jacobean and Caroline playwrights and poets.
In 1616 Jonson was appointed by King James I to receive a yearly pension of £60 to become what is now recognised as the post of the first official Poet Laureate.
He died on the 6th of August, 1637 at Westminster and is buried in the north aisle of the nave at Westminster Abbey.
A master of both playwriting and poetry his reputation continues to endure and reach a new audience with each succeeding generation.
Index of Contents
Ben Jonson - An Introduction
Ben Jonson - To Celia
Cynthia's Revels, Queen and Huntress, Chaste and Fair by Ben Jonson
An Elegy by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - Perfect Beauty
A Celebration of Charis - IV - Her Triumph by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - His Excuse For Loving
A Sonnet to the Noble Lady, the Lady Mary Wroth by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - Still To Be Neat
Ben Jonson - To Mary Lady Wroth
Ben Jonson - The Hourglass
My Picture Left In Scotland by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - To Penshurst
The Thames At Mortlake by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - Epigram LXV - To My Muse
An Ode To Himself by Ben Jonson
To All to Whom I Wirte by Ben Jonson
To My Lord Ignorant by Ben Jonson
On Playwright by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme
On Poet-Ape by Ben Jonson
To The Reader by Ben Jonson
Ben jonson - Epigram XXIII - To John Donne
To Fine Grand by Ben Jonson
Inviting A Friend To Supper by Ben Jonson
Hymn to the Belly by Ben Jonson
On Gut by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - Epigram IV - To King James
On English Monsieur by Ben Jonson
In the Person of Womankind by Ben Jonson
Song. That Women Are But Men's Shadows by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - On My First Daughter
Ben Jonson - On My First Son
Ben Jonson - Carol
Ben Jonson - The Masque Of Christmas
The Alchemist by Ben Jonson
The Noble Nature by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson - Epigram LXXX - Of Life And Death
Ben jonson - To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare and What He hath Left Us
To Heaven - Ben Jonson
A Hymn to God The Father by Ben Jonson
Ode to Himself - Come Leave the Loathed Stage by Ben Jonson
To the Reader by Ben Jonson