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"Sweet Swan of Avon" Refers to the Poet-Playwright of Hampton Court Palace!

At the recent conference of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship in Madison, Wisconsin, the multi-talented Alexander Waugh of England delivered a talk that should be picked up by the New York… 474 more words


Month 5 (September 1864): ‘Cozeners at Large’: Scurrilous Partnerships in The Alchemist and Our Mutual Friend

This guest post was contributed by Lydia Craig, MA student at Loyola University, Chicago.

Ben Jonson’s ironic prologue to The Alchemist (1610) might easily describe the grimy, depressive atmosphere of Charles Dickens’ … 1,735 more words

Charles Dickens

An insight into a Shakespearean playhouse

When I began research for my novel, I didn’t know that one of the world’s most important documents about 16th century drama was sitting in a school library less than a mile from my front door. 415 more words


Similar theme, different approach

After reading Robert Herrick’s “Delight in Disorder” and Ben Jonson’s “Still to Be Neat” for the first time, I was oddly more fascinated by and drawn to Ben Jonson’s method of tackling the “natural beauty is true beauty” theme.  252 more words

Rhythm And Meter (9/4)

The Beauty of Imperfection

Robert Herrick’s Delight in Disorder and Ben Jonson’s Still to be Neat seem to focus on the same concept: that naturalness is more beautiful than perfection. 244 more words

Bag of the bee

From Ben Jonson’s poem series published in 1640.

“Ha’ you felt the wool o’ the beaver?

   Or swan’s down ever?

Or have smelt o’ the bud o’ the briar? 25 more words

A Reader's Diary, 27 August 2014

A footnote in one book led me to buy another, an obscure seventeenth century publication known as The Overburian Characters. Most of us know Elizabethan and Jacobean literature for its poetry and plays, not for its prose. 885 more words