1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

Henry Hallam, in Introduction to the Literature of Europe of the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries (1837-39; 1882) 2:305-06.



Among commentators on Shakspeare, Warburton, always striving to display his own acuteness, and scorn of others, deviates more than any one else from the meaning. Theobald was the first who did a little. Johnson explained much well; but there is something magisterial in the manner wherein he dismisses each play like a boy's exercise, that irritates the reader. His criticism is frequently judicious, but betrays no ardent admiration for Shakspeare.