1691 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Rymer

Gerard Langbaine, in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691) 433-34.



This Gentleman is now living, and was once (if he be not at present) a Member of the Honourable Society of Gray's-Inn. He has an excellent Talent towards Criticism; as appears by his Preface to the Translation of Rapin's Reflections on Aristotle's Treatise of Poetry 8vo. and his Tragedies of the last Age consider'd: but I think for Dramatick Poetry, there are other Poets now alive, that at least equal that Tragedy which he has publisht, viz. Edgar, or The English Monarch; an Heroick Tragedy, printed 4to. Lond. 1678. This Tragedy is dedicated to King Charles the Second, and written in Heroick Verse. If it be compared with Mr. Ravenscroft's King Edgar and Alfreda, it far exceeds it. For the Plot, see the Historians before mentioned; viz. Malmesbury, Huntingdon, Hoveden, Ingulfus, Hidgden, &c. Grafton, Stow, &c.