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Soul of the age! The applause, delight, the wonder of our stage! My Shakespeare , rise! I will not lodge thee by. Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lie.

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Observe them, for example, grouping together the lofty deeds of a great number of heroes, whose names they have not even deigned to preserve, and investing the single personage of Hercules with them. The lapse of ages has not rendered us wiser in this respect. In our own time the public delight in blending fable with history. In every career of life, in the pursuit of science especially, they enjoy a pleasure in creating Herculeses. Joseph Fourier, p. We do not need the praises of a Homer, or of anyone else whose words may delight us for the moment, but the estimation of facts will fall short of what is really true. As quoted in Eternal Greece by Rex Warner, p.

CutThisF irstBit-i nfo leylanda ndgoding. Back to First Folio. This portrait right is the familiar, ill-proportioned, copper-engraving by Martin Droeshout the younger born As Droeshout was at most 15 when Shakespeare died in , he was too young to have a living memory of him. It is surmised that he worked from an existing image.

Ben Jonson is among the best-known writers and theorists of English Renaissance literature, second in reputation only to Shakespeare. A prolific dramatist and a man of letters highly learned in the classics, he profoundly influenced the Augustan age through his emphasis on the precepts of Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give.

Ben Jonson — 'Soul of the age! The applause! delight! The wonder of our stage!'.
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I realize, of course, that such a claim does violence to the reputation of other great English writers, such as Chaucer, Austen, and Dickens, and fails to pay due deference and reverence to great English saints, such as Edward the Confessor, whom Shakespeare eulogized in Macbeth , or Robert Southwell, whom Shakespeare knew and whom he eulogized subliminally in several of his plays, most notably in King Lear. The truth is that England is not worthy of him. His colossal genius is too magnificent for any one nation to claim as their own. He is not of a nation, but for all nations, a heaven-sent gift to mankind whose very gifts are heavenly, shining forth the Music of the One who bestowed the gifts in the first place. It is for this reason that none can claim him and all should acclaim him.

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