William Drummond of Hawthornden
, ed. R.F. Patterson (London: Blackie and Son Limited, 1923),
p. 13 (number 9):
Secundus, Tacitus, spoke
that Quintilianes 6.
8. bookes were not
altogither digested. Juvenal,
Perse, Horace, Martiall,
and so was Pindar.
This is a most interesting
criticism, showing Jonson's preference
writers of the Silver Age.
in the sermo
and Tacitus is one of the
writers. The Folio
Plautus is almost
The 6th, 7th, and 8th books
of Quintilian are extremely technical,
peroration, arrangement, syllogism, perspicuity, ornament, and
Hippocrates. This, according
is a joke (Notes on Ben Jonson, 1818).
that this remark was
"But this is characteristic of a
Scotchman; he has no notion of a jest, unless you
'This is a joke!', and still less
of that finer shade of
the half-and-half, in which Englishmen naturally delight".