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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Before he is admitted as a spectator at the theatre in London , it is probable he
has already heard the tragic muse as she spoke at Athens , and as the now
speaks at Paris , or in Italy ; and he can discern between the natural language , in
The poet dignified the piece , perhaps with the name of an Hercules , but , alas ! it
was always Hercules spinning , that was shewn to the spectator . And yet the
editor of Corneille's works , in terms so gross as are hardly pardonable
... presents to the spectators a kind of ' heroic puppet - thew . As these pieces take
their rise in the school of Criticism , they return thither again , and are as good
subjects for the students in that art , as a dead body to the professors in anatomy .
Will not an intelligent spectator admire the prodigious structures of Stone - Henge
, because he does not know by what law of mechanics they were raised ? Like
them , our author's works will remain for ever the greatest monuments of the ...
A Tragedy is a fable exhibited to the view , and rendered palpable to the senses ;
and every decoration of the Stage is contrived to impose the delusion on the
spectator , by conspiring with the imitation . It is addressed to the imagination ...
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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