The Alchemist - Ben Jonson

I really want to like a play that starts with 'I fart at thee', but most of the humour doesn't really hit home.

The sort of people that praise this as a masterpiece and a work of genius also become visibly upset when the same type of humour is sold to a modern audience. I had English teachers who would endlessly whine and complain about Adam Sandler and the like, but is this monument of world literature really any different? The world of English majors and literary critics has a lot more to do with posturing than with actual books.