1694 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Rymer

John Dryden to John Dennis, 1694; in Dryden, Letters, ed Ward (1942) 71-72.



You see what success this Learned Critick has found in all the World, after his Blaspheming Shakespear. Almost all the Faults which he has discover'd are truly there; yet who will read Mr. Rym— or not read Shakespear? For my own part I reverence Mr. Rym—s Learning, but I detest his Ill Nature and his Arrogance. I indeed, and such as I, have reason to be afraid of him, but Shakespear has not.