1874 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dekker

William Minto, in Characteristics of English Poets (1874) 452.



Dekker was a man of less determined painstaking than Chapman or Jonson, but of greater natural quickness and fineness of vision, more genial warmth of sympathy, and more copious spontaneity of expression. The fertility of his conception and the sweetness of his verse were not surpassed by any of his great contemporaries: his melting tenderness of sympathy and light play of humour are peculiarly his own.