Ben Jonson was an English author born in Westminster London England. On June 11, 1572
Ben Jonson spent most of his time in London since, that is where most of the play houses were.
He lived a very lavish style in England because, he had royal patronage. He was often invited to many different social gatherings with royalty.
Ben Jonson was very famous for writing comedic plays. Three examples of his work are: "Every Man in His Humor," "Valpone," and "Alchemist."
His patron was King James I.
King James liked how Ben used humanism in his works as he showed the relationships and dynamics between people and at the same time making people laugh. He also displayed classicism as he brought back the use of satire.
One famous example of Ben's works is "Every Man in His Humor" created in 1599, famous for its use of satire. Currently it is being made into an eBook under the Gutenberg Project.
"Every Man in His Humor" is a comical play about a man who falls in love with a woman. He uses the witty butler to help him. In the end he gets the girl.
Here is an excerpt:Know.
How happy yet should I esteem myself,
Could I, by any practice, wean the boy
From one vain course of study he affects.
He is a scholar, if a man may trust
The liberal voice of fame in her report,
Of good account in both our Universities,
Either of which hath favoured him with graces:
But their indulgence must not spring in me
A fond opinion that he cannot err.
Myself was once a student, and indeed,
Fed with the self-same humour he is now,
Dreaming on nought but idle poetry,
That fruitless and unprofitable art,
Good unto none, but least to the professors;
Which then I thought the mistress of all knowledge:
But since, time and the truth have waked my judgment.
And reason taught me better to distinguish T
he vain from the useful learnings.
Enter Master STEPHEN.
Cousin Stephen, What news with you, that you are here so early?
Step. Nothing, but e'en come to see how you do, unclo.
Know. That's kindly done; you are welcome, coz.
As you can see, Ben uses humanism to look at the relationship between humans through satire. That is one of my favorite parts. I like that it is entertaining to read.
Works cited: Ben Jonson. Every Man in His Humor." Amy E Zelmer, Sue Asscher, Robert Prince, and David Widger. Vol. 1. Gutenberg Project. March 28, 2009. lines 0-27. Version 2. Gutenberg Project. January 9, 2013.
"King James I." Google Image Search. December 5 2016