John Webster

(1578 - 1632 / London, England)

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John Webster was an English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, which are often regarded as masterpieces of the early 17th-century English stage. He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.

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Webster's life is obscure, and the dates of his birth and death are not known. His father, a coach maker also named John ... more »

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  • ''Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. Ferdinand, in The Duchess of Malfi, act 5, sc. 2.
  • ''When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. The Duchess of Malfi, act 5, sc. 2.
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Best Poem of John Webster

The Madman's Song

Oh, let us howl some heavy note,
Some deadly-dogged howl,
Sounding as from the threatening throat
Of beasts and fatal fowl!
As ravens, screech-owls, bulls, and bears,
We'll bell, and bawl our parts,
Till irksome noise have cloyed your ears
And corrosived your hearts.
At last, whenas our quire wants breath,
Our bodies being blest,
We'll sing like swans to welcome death,
And die in love and rest.

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