Poetaster (Google eBook)

Front Cover
H. Holt, 1616 - 282 pages
1 Review
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Poetaster

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This duo represent a hit and a miss by Jonson. The Devil has been produced successfully in modern times, while the more experimental Poetaster has remained largely in obscurity. These paperbacks are the most affordable editions available. Read full review

Review: Poetaster

User Review  - Paul David - Goodreads

Ben Jonson was an enormously erudite writer and he is not easy to read because of the wealth of cross references in his works. If it was performed in its entirety the pacing of this play would have to ... Read full review

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page cii - Lastly, I would inform you, that this book, in all numbers, is not the same with that which was acted on the public stage ; wherein a second pen had good share...
Page xci - O that Ben Jonson is a pestilent fellow ; he brought up Horace, giving the poets a pill ; but our fellow Shakespeare hath given him a purge, that made him bewray his credit.
Page 223 - Jonson) is a great lover and praiser of himself ; a contemner and scorner of others ; given rather to lose a friend than a jest ; jealous of every word and action of those about him (especially after drink, which is one of the elements in which he liveth...
Page 216 - ... it. In his works you find little to retrench or alter. Wit, and language, and humour, also in some measure, we had before him ; but something of art was wanting to the drama, till he came. He managed his strength to more advantage than any who preceded him. You seldom find him making love in any of his scenes, or endeavouring to move the passions ; his genius was too sullen and saturnine to do it gracefully, especially when he 'knew he came after those who had performed both to such a height.
Page xxv - He had many quarrells with Marston, beat him, and took his pistol from him,' wrote his Poetaster on him; the beginning of them were, that Marston represented him in the stage, in his youth given to vénerie.
Page 281 - X. The Earliest Lives of Dante, translated from the Italian of Giovanni Boccaccio and Lionardo Bruni Aretino. JAMES ROBINSON SMITH. $075. XI. A Study in Epic Development. IRENE T. MYERS, Ph.D. $1.00. XII. The Short Story. HENRY SEIDEL CANBY. $0.30. XIII. King Alfred's Old English Version of St.
Page xxxiii - Romae seu fors ita iusserit exsul, quisquis erit vitae scribam color, 'o puer, ut sis 60 vitalis metuo, et maiorum ne quis amicus frigore te feriat.' quid, cum est Lucilius ausus primus in hunc operis componere carmina morem, detrahere et pellem, nitidus qua quisque per ora cederet, introrsum turpis, num Laelius aut qui 65 duxit ab oppressa meritum Carthagine nomen ingenio offensi aut laeso doluere Metello famosisque Lupo cooperto versibus?
Page xc - It is said of the incomparable Virgil, that he brought forth his verses like a bear, and after formed them with licking.
Page 223 - ... after drink, which is one of the elements in which he liveth); a dissembler of ill parts which raigne in him, a bragger of some good that he wanteth; thinketh nothing well bot what either he himself or some of his friends and countrymen hath said or done; he is passionately kynde and angry; careless either to gaine or keep; vindicative, but, if he be well answered, at himself.
Page 281 - III. The Life of St. Cecilia, from MS. Ashmole 43 and MS. Cotton Tiberius E. VII, with Introduction, Variants, and Glossary. BERTHA ELLEN LOVEWELL, Ph.D. $1.00. IV. Dryden's Dramatic Theory and Practice. MARGARET SHERWOOD, Ph.D.

Bibliographic information