1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 259.



BENJAMIN JONSON, the celebrated dramatick writer, born in 1574, has left Epigrams, The forest (poems and songs), Under-woods, consisting of divers poems, and a translation of Horace his art of poetry: all printed with his plays and other works, 1616; 1640, fo. 1756, 7 vols. 8vo. The earlyest specimen of his poetry is a translation of Ovids fifteenth elegy, publish'd, with the version of Marlow, about 1596, under the signature B. I. He has, likewise, a commendatory sonnet before N. Bretons Melancholicke humours, 1600; and dye'd in 1637.