1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Beaumont

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1 July 1833; in Table Talk (1884) 234.



In Beaumont and Fletcher's tragedies the comic scenes are rarely so interfused amidst the tragic as to produce a unity of the tragic on the whole, without which the intermixture is a fault. In Shakspeare, this is always managed with transcendent skill.