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 (jŏn′sən), Benjamin Known as "Ben." 1572-1637.
English dramatist and poet. His plays include Volpone (1606) and Epicene (1609).


(Biography) Ben. 1572–1637, English dramatist and poet, who developed the "comedy of humours", in which each character is used to satirize one particular humour or temperament. His plays include Volpone (1606), The Alchemist (1610), and Bartholomew Fair (1614), and he also wrote court masques


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Ben, 1573?–1637, English playwright and poet: poet laureate 1619–37.
Jon•so′ni•an (-ˈsoʊ ni ən) adj.
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I've read Webster, I've read Ben Jonson, but I don't think myself clever--not exactly, at least.
As we must perceive, that after the nicest strokes of a Shakespear or a Jonson, of a Wycherly or an Otway, some touches of nature will escape the reader, which the judicious action of a Garrick, of a Cibber, or a Clive,[*] can convey to him; so, on the real stage, the character shows himself in a stronger and bolder light than he can be described.
25) Richard Dutton speculates that Jonson drew primarily for his view on the Turks on Richard Knolles's General Historie of the Turkes (first printed in 1603).
This essay focuses especially on Hazlitt's first two "Lectures on the Comic Writers," to consider his relation to comedy in general and to its early modern representations in the plays of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.
Difficult to imagine, that is, that Jonson would mock or attack the very audience with whom he wishes to communicate as satirist.
Swedish midfielder Matias Jonson said: "Our tempo was too high.
Both would have been seen by many people, including Ben Jonson, who knew Shakespeare well before his death in 1616.
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It was a flop when first staged in 1603, and got Jonson into trouble with the Privy Council.
And it proved an inspired choice, as Walker made fine saves from Darren Huckerby - who also hit a post - Mattias Jonson and Jim Brennan in the second half to ensure his team progressed.
And Sweden pulled level two minutes from time when Jonson fired in after hard work by Allback on the left to spark delight all round in Porto.
Sweden applied the pressure and, with 77 minutes played, Henrik Larsson beat two defenders and found Mattias Jonson with a fine pass but his shot from 12 yards was well saved by Gianluigi Buffon.