1874 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cyril Tourneur

William Minto, in Characteristics of English Poets (1874) 466-67.



Tourneur was far from having the breadth and the weight of Webster's genius: he does not take so deep a hold of the being of his personages. Yet he is entitled to a high and unique place among the Elizabethan dramatists. There is a piercing intelligence in his grasp of character, a daring vigour and fire in his expression. His two plays show no elaborate study of variety of character; but he burns the chief moods of his principal characters deep into the mind.