Jonson, Ben (M)

b. 11 June 1572. d. August 1637. Nationality: English.
Prominent playwright and poet. Born in London. Married Anne Lewis on 14 November 1594. Author of *Every Man in his Humour* (1594), in which Shakespeare had a lead role. Many of his plays were performed at court. Imprisoned for killing an actor in a duel (1598). Briefly converted to Catholicism (1598-1610). Author of the poetry volumes *Epigrams* (1616) and *The Forest* (1616). Became Britain’s poet laureate in 1616. Friends with William Drummond, John Donne, and Richard Corbett. Acquainted with Izaak Walton. Mentor of Francis Beaumont. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
“Queen and Huntress, chaste and fair” 1835-01-03 The Penny Magazine Poet 15872
The Grace of Simplicity 1854-09-23 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6259
A Poet Ape 1884-08 The Nineteenth Century Poet 8186