Benjamin "Ben" Jonson (c. 11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637) 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.
Read more about Ben Jonson.
Famous quotes containing the words ben jonson, ben and/or jonson:
“We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.”
—Ben Jonson (c. 15721637)
“Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.”
—Geoffrey Chaucer (13401400)
“Wise child, didst hastily return
And madst thy mothers womb thine urn.
How summed a circle didst thou leave mankind
Of deepest lore, could we the center find!”
—Ben Jonson (15721637)