1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Middleton

Leigh Hunt, in Imagination and Fancy (1844) 222.



Middleton partakes of the poetry and sweetness of Decker, but not to the same height: and he talks more at random. You hardly know what to make of the dialogue or stories of some of his plays. But he has more fancy; and there is one character of his (De Flores in The Changeling) which for effect at once tragical, probable, and poetical, surpasses anything I know of in the drama of domestic life. Middleton has the honour having furnished part of the witch poetry to Macbeth, and of being, conjoined with it also in the powerful and beautiful music of Locke.