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Ben Jonson

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Muskan Agrawal

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of Ben Jonson

Highlights of his life
1605 to 1634- Jonson wrote popular masques for James I and Charles I
1616- He was granted a royal pension and Poet Laureate of England
He became one of the most successful writers of his era
His popularity was only second to Shakespeare's
And many contemporaries said they preferred Jonson over Shakespeare
He Died
1623-Personal library burned
Life wasn't very good for him after that
He lost his spot in court and had several strokes which made writing difficult
August 16, 1637- He died
Later On
1594- Married Anne Lewis
Little known of marriage but they had 2 kids (and possibly got divorced)
Started to work as an actor and playwright
1598- Jonson wrote his first great play: Every Man in His Humor
1616-William Shakespeare acted in one of the lead roles :O
Jonson killed Gabriel Spencer in a duel and was put in jail
He was put back for not paying an actor
Muskan A. 7b
Ben Jonson
A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior
Early Life
June 11, 1572
London, England
His father died, mother remarried to a bricklayer
Raised in Westminster
St. Martin’s parish school and Westminster School
He was in the army for a while
A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme
The word "fit" as meaning angry, or complaining, the title pretty much tells you what the poem is about. Ben Jonson is saying that he doesn't like rhyming poems and that they’re not good.
For example,
“Starveling rhymes did fill the stage; Not a poet in an age Worth crowning; Not a work deserving bays, Not a line deserving praise,”
A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior is a poem written about the birth of Jesus.
“I sing the birth was born tonight”
“Son of God,”
Jonson had also mentioned shepherds who were there at Jesus’s birth
“was laid in a manger”
“He whom the whole world could not take” I think this was telling us that Jesus had sacrificed himself for us.
Jonson’s poem also said that “The Son's obedience knew no "No," It was known that Jesus was always followed his father and never disobeyed him.
Finally, in the last verse, it says, “Who made himself the prince of sin” That line is saying that Jesus gave up his life so that God would forgive the people for their sins.
On Poet-Ape
Possibly written for Shakespeare
“Poet ape” means a bad would-be poet. often been thought to be Shakespeare.
But they're not entirely sure about this because Shakespeare did not buy the reversion of old plays
On the other hand, it has thought to be about Shakespeare since Jonson looked up to him
"Poor Poet ape that would be thought our chief"
Shakespeare was known as the best in poetry possibly Jonson was referring to him as "chief"
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