1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Rymer

Thomas Noon Talfourd, "Rymer on Tragedy" Retrospective Review 1 (1820) 1.



The author (who was the compiler of the Foedera) appears to have been a man of considerable acuteness, maddened by a furious zeal for the honour of tragedy. He lays down rules for the composition which he chiefly reveres, and argues on them as "truths of holy writ." He criticizes Shakespear and passes on him as decisive a sentence of condemnation, as ever was awarded against a friendless poet by a Reviewer.