1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dekker

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 2:93.



DEKKER was Jonson's contemporary, and was engaged with him in an unequal contest; to which, as much as to his writings, he owes his chance of being remembered. He was concerned in eleven plays, of which eight were his own composition. Notwithstanding a certain extravagance both of thought and language, there is in the following verses the evidence of no mean poetic power. They are taken from a rare poem, entitled "Dekker's Dream," 1620, dedicated "to the truly accomplished gentleman, and worthy deserver of all men's loves, Endymion Porter."