Thomas Rymer

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Thomas Rymer (c. 1643 – 14 December 1713) was an English poet, critic, antiquary and historian.


A Short View of Tragedy (1693)[edit]

  • In the Neighing of an Horse, or in the growling of a Mastiff, there is a meaning, there is as lively expression, and, may I say, more humanity, than many time in the Tragical flights of Shakespear.
  • Therefore Aristotle is always telling us that Poetry is σπουδαιότερον καὶ φιλοσοφώτερον, is more general and abstracted, is led more by the Philosophy, the reason and nature of things, than History: which only records things higley, piglety, right or wrong as they happen.
    • Chap. 7

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