1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cyril Tourneur

Anonymous, in Retrospective Review 7 (1823) 332.



Those actions too which attracted him most, were of a gross and revolting kind. There is nothing in him but what is real, palpable, and obvious — he possessed no inclination for the chivalric in action or in character — no love for the marvellous in imagination. He displays a manifest preference for fearful, forbidden things, — at itching to touch that of which the bare thought would make others shudder with horror, — to form monstrous conjunctions and perform prodigious feats — to play with atheism and dally with incest.