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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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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.
I've read Webster, I've read Ben Jonson, but I don't think myself clever--not exactly, at least.
STRIKER Jonson Clarke-Harris was on Mansfield's radar before his loan move to the Ricoh, according to Stags boss Steve Evans.
Spectacular altar scenes much like the one in Sejanus became a staple of theatrical productions put on by the King's Men, the repertory company for whom Jonson wrote the play, in the early seventeenth century.
Volpone by Ben Jonson was written in the Jacobean age.
Jonathan Grey and Travis Jonson made key plays down the stretch to propel the Blazers to victory after their season began with lopsided defeats to the Letran Knights and University of Perpetual Help Altas.
1) When, two years later, Jonson arranged for the play to be printed, he provocatively called attention to this failure through the title page and other paratextual material.
But since the 2008 financial crisis, market dynamics have done an about-face that's resulted in an increasing number of nontraditional investors gravitating toward the bond market -- and they, Jonson said, are exhibiting the same kinds of behavioral biases vis- -vis bonds as toward equities.
COMEBACK kid Andrew Buchanan faces a Tyne-Wear derby when he takes on Sunderland's five-fight undefeated prospect Jonson McClumpha on the Stadium of Light bill next month.
On the other hand, the fact that Jonson is a difficult writer has saved him from much of the lunatic fringe and given him the benefit of mainly intelligent scholarly attention.
By the time he died in 1637 quite a lot of the people who thought themselves qualified to judge considered him to be the most distinguished English man of letters of his own, or perhaps of any, time, a status to which Jonson, never reluctant to assert himself, had put in an early claim when he dramatized himself as the Roman poet Horace.
When he went on his famous walk to Scotland in 1618 (with a companion, surely a bag-carrier) he was met everywhere by local dignitaries and emissaries of great houses, beseeching Jonson to stay with them.