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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Mb R. Pope ; in the preface to his edition of Shakespear ; sets out with declaring ,
that , of all English poets , this author offers the fullest and fairest subject for
criticism . Animated by an opinion of such authority , some of the most learned
... of the most admired Tragedies , in France , are rather conversations , than
representations of an action . It will hardly be allowed to those who fail in the most
essential part of an art , to set up their performances as models . Can they * Arist .
Sophocles , in his admirable Tragedy of dipus Coloneus , makes ( Edipus'
expoftulate with his undutiful son . The injured parent exposes the enormity of
filial disobedience ; sets forth the duties of this relation in a very strong and lively
Stage to the Poet , the less we shall be affected by what is acted ; and therefore if
the difficulty of rhyme , and its apparent difference from the common language of
dialogue , be such , as continually to set the Art and the Artist before our eyes ...
... Deities cannot extricate him : but here we are admonished to observe the
effects of pride and ambition , the Tyrant's dangers and the Traitor's fate . The
sentiments and the manners , the passions and their consequences , are fully set
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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