He also was one of the pre-eminent poets to frequent the famous Mermaid
Tavern in Bread Street. His work influenced many younger poets including
Robert Herrick and Sir John Suckling.
It is likely that Jonson coined the word 'playwright' and today he is
best remembered for plays such as: Volpone, Every Man in His Humour, Poetaster, The Alchemist etc.
He also produced many masques with scenery designed by Inigo Jones.
However, ironically, Jonson always saw himself primarily as a poet.
After his death in 1637 many of his friends contributed elegies which
were collected in the Jonsonus Virbius which was published in 1638. The inscription: 'O Rare Ben Jonson' was written by
a now forgotten poet called Jack Young.
There is also a monument to him in 'Poets' Corner'.