Ben then produced his “poetaster,” which has been called the Dunciad 477 of those times; but it is a Dunciad without notes.
Jonson figures personally in the ‘poetaster’ under the name of Horace.
The poetaster is, however, a play sui generis, in which the real business can hardly be said to begin till the last act.
"Sir—sir—" spluttered the poetaster, crimson with anger and mortification.
Everybody of any education was either a poet or a poetaster.
Had it not been for this 'poetaster,' Kenilworth might never have been written.
Jonson, himself, finally made apologies in verses appended to printed copies of the "poetaster."
Besides, I hope to taste some of the pie, and a pie-taster should not be a poetaster.
A good young man with a pathetic career; but a poetaster merely.
Dissipated rascal, and venal flatterer the poetaster had always been, but never traitor.