1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

William Wordsworth, in Essay Supplementary to the Preface (1815); Prose, ed. Grosart (1876) 2:112.



Had there been a formal contest for superiority among dramatic writers, that Shakspeare, like his predecessors Sophocles and Euripides, would have often been subject to the mortification of seeing the prize adjudged to sorry competitors, becomes too probable, when we reflect that the admirers of Settle and Shadwell were, in a later age, as numerous, and reckoned as respectable in point of talent, as those of Dryden.