An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets: With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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... bays will for ever flourish unwithered and inviolate roundhis tomb ; and his very
spirit seems to come forth and to animate his characters , as often as Mr. Garrick ,
who who acts with the same inspiration with which He wrote INTRODUCTION .
who acts with the same inspiration with which He wrote , assumes them on the
stage . After our poet has received such important services from the united efforts
of talents and learning in his behalf , some apology seems necessary for this
4 Our Northern bards affumcd the fame holy offices ; the same facred character .
They directed the modes of divine worship : they taught the moral duties ; infpired
and celebrated heroic deeds ; fung the praises of valour , and the charms of + ...
sympathy , and its effect on the spectator depends on such a justness of imitation
, as Thall cause , to a certain degree , the same passions and affections , as if
what was exhibited was real . We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint
For , by the same rule , if Hercules was represented under the difficulties of
performing any of the talks enjoined by Eurystheus , the attention of the Audience
would not be engaged so much to the means by which he atchieved his heroic ...
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review