1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Doubleday

John Wilson, et. al., in Blackwood's Magazine (September 1825); Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 2:108.



NORTH. That is a capital article on the Drama in the last number of Maga. It cuts up your dogmata, in your sprightly review of Doubleday's Babington, with civility and discretion.

TICKLER. Indeed! What I asserted in my sprightly review of Doubleday's Babington was simply this, that it was easier for a man of great poetical genius to write dramatic poetry than any other kind. In the course of my very sprightly review I remarked that "with a powerful intellect, a vivid imagination, and a keen insight into human nature, particularly into its passions, where is the prodigious difficulty of writing good tragedy?"