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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To the Muse of Tragedy , therefore , Mr. Pope has assigned the noble talk , To
wake the soul by tender strokes of art , To raise the genius , and to mend the
heart , To inake mankind in conscious virtue bold , Live o'er each scene , and be
... are so finely exhibited in the Tragedy of Sophocles , and so deeply interest us
in the dispute for the arrows , were all neglected , in order to engage our attention
to some love - scenes between Neoptolemus , and a fair nymph of Lemnos ?
The examples of this are so frequent , as to occur almost in every scene of his
best plays . But left I should be misunderstood , I will cite one from the second
part of Henry IV . where the general maxim is , that An An habitation giddy and
... trunk that bears this head Be round impaled with a glorious crown . [ Henry VI .
A & t 3d , Scene 3d . GLOUCESTER . 1 GLOUCESTER . The midwife wonder'd ,
and the woman cry'd 70 On the HISTORICAL DRAMA .
Act 5th , Scene 7th . Our author , by following minutely the chronicles of the times
, has embarrassed his drama's with too great a number of persons and events .
The hurley - burley of these plays recommended them to a rude illiterate ...
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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