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Ben Jonson: The Alchemist

Shakespeare and Ben Jonson knew each other; their plays were in performance at the same time in early seventeenth century London, and yet how different they are! 466 more words


Oglio Del Scoto and Mechanically Separated Chicken

I once had a ren faire group of actors called “the Mountebanks.”  And since the first organized groups in the 70s at faires were “guilds” that were named with saint names– the military was Saint Michael, nobles were Saint George, and so on–it was customary for groups performing at small faires to take on pompous and bloated names which reflected their gig, maybe, but usually saint names, or something flowerly like “The Royal order of Sir Thomas Blount.” Whatever. 879 more words

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A Short Analysis of Ben Jonson’s ‘On my First Sonne’

Ben Jonson’s touching elegy on his son, ‘child of his right hand’

Ben Jonson’s short poem for his son Benjamin, who died aged seven, is one of the most moving short elegies in the English language. 625 more words


Our January poem, recorded by The Poetry Archive, is To Meadows by Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick was born in Cheapside, London in August 1591, one of seven children, whose father died when he was still a baby and his mother remained a single parent thereafter. 213 more words

Sir Andrew Motion


As this year is bound to be inundated with things revolving around Shakespeare, it is important to spare a thought to other important Early Modern playwrights. 364 more words


Haunch Paunch and Jowl (1923, Samuel Ornitz)

This is a rather obscure book by a rather obscure author. The few people to whom the name Samuel Ornitz might mean anything are more likely to recognize him as a screenwriter than as a novelist, and his film career was not particularly illustrious (he’s best known for being one of the… 3,118 more words

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