Father of the ancient writers- Ben Jonson

For Ben Jonson. Writer, actor and poet.

A Poem by Coyote Poetry


Dryden introduced Ben Jonson to me. Writer, Poet and Actor. 1573-1637.


To write
To become a good writer.
We must read and read some more.
Write, create and test life.
An empty life will leave a blank sheet of paper.

Good men
Good men are quiet men.
Men who want credit and to be honored.
Do it for the glory, not for humanity.


Thank you ancient writers.
The Dryden, Ben Jonson, Virgil and Dante.
The Jack London, Kosinski, Hemingway and Nevil Shute.
What would we know  about courage without Helen Jackson.
What would we know of love without the sweet words of Neruda.
Love, history and great life would be forgotten if the ancient and new writers, poets and artist do not create.
Pick-up a book. Travel, dream, cry and laugh. Thank you Word-men and Word-women.

I hope you enjoy Ben Johnson quotes. May lead you to better place to read and write?
Thank you
Coyote/John Castellenas

“To the old, long life and treasure; To the young, all health and pleasure.”
Ben Jonson

“Bad men excuse their faults, good men will leave them.”
Ben Jonson

“I think that I shall never see A poem as lovely as a tree. . . . . Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.”
Ben Jonson

“To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.”

Ben Jonson

“Weigh the meaning and look not at the words.”

Ben Jonson
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;

Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.

Ben Jonson