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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These , still turning on the same hinge , describe , like a piece of clock - work , a
regular circle of movements . In human nature , of which Shakespear's characters
are a just imitation , every passion is controlled and forced into many deviations ...
Two brothers united by the most tender friendship , living in the saine palace ,
having been long in love with the same princess , have never yet intimated their
passion to each other , not from motives of jealousy or distrust , but that their ...
If the midnight bell Did with his iron tongue and brazen mouth Sound one unto
the drowsy race of night ; If this same were a church - yard where we stand , And
thou possessed with a thousand wrongs ; Or if that surly spirit melancholy Had ...
To shew he decides with the same judgment and candour with which he
translates , it will be necessary to present the sentence he has pronounced upon
the genius of our great Poet . Speaking of Corneille he says , he was unequal like
But Mr. Voltaire , by saying the genius of Corneille has that superiority over our
countryman , which a person of rank has over a man in a low station , born with
the same talents , perplexes the thing very much . It seems to carry the
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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