BEN JONSON’S LIFE
1) He wrote poems (poetry), essays and plays (drama).
2) He had no relation with his father, who died before the birth of his son. “His father died shortly before his birth” line 2.
3) As he left school in 1589, he was 17 years old.
4) His mother’s second husband was a “bricklayer”, that is to say a man who works in the construction of houses or other buildings.
5) It cannot be said he was a provincial man because he was born in London and spent his life there.
6) He wasn’t much of a model citizen. Once, he killed a man in the street and spent some time in jail. Later, he was in trouble with the police again because he had not paid one of his actors.
7) He “is often identified as England’s first poet laureate” line 23, “he is regarded as one of the major dramatists and poets of the seventeenth century” line 34.
8) He had excellent relations with the high nobles of England. “Under King James I, Jonson received royal favor and patronage” line 19, “among his followers were nobles such as the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle” line 26.
9) He was very popular, the “ordinary” people of London loved him. “A tremendous crowd of mourners attended his burial at Westminster Abbey”. It means a lot of people were present on the day he was buried in London to show their affection and pay their last respects.
10) The “Tribe of Ben” was a small group of people who liked Ben Jonson for what he wrote and for the man he was. They were his fans and friends.
1) “Marlowe was the son of a wealthy Canterbury shoemaker who was an influential citizen” line 1.
2) He father made shoes / His father’s job consisted in making shoes.
3) He spent a total of seven years in higher education.
4) He missed university for long periods because he worked as a secret agent for the Queen.
5) “Marlowe was a young man of only twenty-three and already established as a known dramatist” line 15.
6) Only one play was necessary to make him successful. (line 15).
7) He was jailed for his active participation in a fight in the streets of London that provoked the death of a man.
8) “Marlowe had accepted to feast with several young men of dubious reputation” line 25.
9) They had an argument because they didn’t want to pay for the bill in a pub.
10) Fritzer was first attacked by Marlowe with a dagger, so he was only defending himself when he killed him.
11) Four plays by Marlowe are remembered today.
12) These two works are poems.