1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Joseph Warton, in Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Warton (1796-97) 9:447n.



There is a tradition that the son of Sir Walter Raleigh perceiving Ben Jonson, who was his tutor, to be one day extremely in liquor, procured means to have him squeezed into a large buck-basket, and thrown into a river; and that Ben Jonson was irritated that this incident was introduced by Shakespear into the Merry Wives of Windsor.