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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As yet our stage had exhibited only those palpable allegories , by which rude
unlettered moralists instruct and please the gross and ignorant multitude .
Nothing can more plainly evince the opinion , the poets of those times had of the
He would not have fupposed the death of Hector , or Sarpedon , could have
produced an equal effect on any reader of the Iliad ; such enthusiasm is to be
caught only from the Stage , and is the effect alone of strong - working sympathy ,
... the Stage Stage to the Poet , the less we shall be 38 On DRAMATIC POETRY .
Our stage rose from hymns to the Virgin , and encomiums on the Patriarchs and
Saints : as the Grecian tragedies from the hymns to Bacchus . Our early poets
added narration and action to this kind of psalmody , as Æschylus had done to
... has given to Brutus Roman Sentiments , with a tincture of the Platonic
Philosophy ; and , besides these more general characteristics , has added many
nice touches , which specify his personal qualities . We behold on the stage R3
stage 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