Ben Jonson was said to be born June 11, 1572 in London, England. Jonson was educated at Westminster School by William Camden a classical scholar. Ben Jonson was a big man with a lot of courage. He lived with his mother, but his father; who died a month before his birth. His mother then married a bricklayer, Jonson then drop out of school to work for his stepfather trade. Ben Jonson really did not like the trade his stepfather did so he went off to the army. He was to poor to go to college so he fought in the was for the Dutch freedom from Spain.(434) Jonson married Annie Lewis on November 14, 1594, but there is not a lot know of their marriage. He later had a child who died in 1635 he called him his best piece of work created and he died at the age of seven do to plague diseased.
The boy was named after his father, and was the only true happiness in the man's life.
After leaving the army he became a part of theatre with Philip Henslowe. While in Theatre Company, Jonson killed a fellow actor name Gabriel Spencer. He was sent to jail and charged of murder. Ben Jonson was released do to benefit of clergy. When he was released he then performed his first play at the Globe Theatre. Every Man in His Humor performed in 1598 the leading role was played by William Shakespeare and the other parts by Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
His friends and himself called themselves the “Tribe of Ben” and usually met at the Devil Head. Some of his close friends were William Shakespeare who was in the play “Every Man Humor and John Donne. The Tribe of Ben also known as the son of Ben was to most of the Cavalier English poets of the 17th century. The Tribe of Ben was a self-description by some of the Cavalier poets who admired and were influenced by Jonson's poetry. Some of the rules in the Tribe of Ben were written in Latin
Ben Jonson was a Cavalier poet in the 17th century. This kind of poetry represents beauty, love, nature, sensuality, drinking, and elegance. It is filled with direct language, expressions, and images. Most of cavalier poetry go with the expressions “Carpe Diem” translating to “seize the day.” They mostly focused on what meant the most to them in the life such as day to day activities. Most Cavalier poets were courtiers.
In 1598 Jonson had acquired sufficient reputation to be accounted by Francis Meres one of the best for tragedy, but Meres' basis for such a pronouncement can now is but a subject of conjecture. By the end of September in 1598 his comedy was established by writing the play “Every Man in His Humor.” He then came out with “Every Man out of His Humor” in 1599. Jonson started writing on a play with Chapman and Marston called...