Who is Benjamin Jonson?

  • (noun): English dramatist and poet who was the first real poet laureate of England (1572-1637).
    Synonyms: Jonson, Ben Jonson

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    Poetry, and Picture, are Arts of a like nature; and both are busie about imitation. It was excellently said of Plutarch, Poetry was a speaking Picture, and Picture a mute Poesie. For they both invent, faine, and devise many things, and accommodate all they invent to the use, and service of nature. Yet of the two, the Pen is more noble, than the Pencill. For that can speake to the Understanding; the other, but to the Sense.
    —Ben Jonson (1573–1637)

    Bourgeois existence is the regime of private affairs ... and the family is the rotten, dismal edifice in whose closets and crannies the most ignominious instincts are deposited. Mundane life proclaims the total subjugation of eroticism to privacy.
    —Walter Benjamin (1892–1940)