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Ovid. I like not this sudden and general heaviness amongst our godheads; 'tis somewhat ominous. Apollo, command us louder music, and let Mercury and Momus contend to please and revive our senses.
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Poetaster is a scornful, intolerant word for a poet who writes insignificant and/or rubbish poetry. It's pronounced po-et-ass-ter, which I thought I would mention after asking for poe-taste-r (delicious Poe!) in the library and being met with utter contempt. I think the librarian's reaction to my mistake and Jonson's treatment of the poetasters in his play amount to the same thing: pointless elitism.

Whilst Jonson's ego is something that endears him to me (mostly because he has the writing talent
Paul Adkin
Ben Jonson was an enormously erudite writer and he is not easy to read because of the wealth of cross references in his works. If it was performed in its entirety the pacing of this play would have to have been electric, the dialogues spurted with sharp clear wit. How he managed to stage this with his company of young boys, is hard to fathom. Any production would need careful eye to detail and an in-depth analysis of text in order to pull it off.
Of course, plays are meant to be seen, not read.
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Benjamin Jonson was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, which are considered his best, and his lyric poems. A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, Jonson had an unparalleled breadth of influence on Jacobean and ...more
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