"Ben Jonson" was an English dramatist/playwright, poet, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satire/satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone/Volpone, or The Foxe (1605), The Alchemist (play)/The Alchemist (1610), and Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy (1614), and for his lyric poetry; he is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James VI and I/James I.
Jonson was a Classics/classically educated, well-read, and cultured man of the English Renaissance with an appetite for controversy (personal and political, artistic and intellectual) whose cultural influence was of unparalleled breadth upon the playwrights and the poets of the Jacobean era (1603–1625) and of the Caroline era (1625–1642).If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous poets! More Ben Jonson on Wikipedia.