Guest Poet Ben Jonson: To the Reader. Try Again.

· 04 March 2017 ·
[Jonson’s second attempt at his First Folio introduction]

Ben saw my post about the First Folio.

Told me he’s been very disappointed by the “stunning obtuseness” of nearly everyone who’s ever read what he penned for the book. Apologised profusely for all the trouble. “I thought they’d get it. How was I to know they’d need hit over the head with bed slats? Maybe this will help.”


In case you need to refer to the original,

Ben and I didn’t discuss the elegy. Even postlife is too short.

Additional Bed Slats Reading:

  • • my post from 26 April 2019, The Graver’s Strife, about Martin Droeshout and his infamous image of Willy