BEN JONSON

INTRODUCTION

 

Jonson is best known for his brilliant conversation, his satirical wit, and his love of classical order.  He also comes

close to Shakespeare's originality and genius as a dramatist and poet.  Jonson is a transitional figure, moving from the passion and romantic style of the Elizabethans to the stateliness of Milton, Dryden, and other neo-classical writers.  He was most interested in human nature and hoped to reform people by pointing out their weaknesses through exaggeration and humor.