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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Had I so lavila of my prefence been , So common - hackney'd in the eyes So stale
and cheap to vulgar company ; ' Opinion , that did help me to the crown , Had still
kept loyal to poffeffion , And left me in reputeless banishment , A fellow of no ...
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 ...
However , still the poor spectator is much in the dark , till the queen , who is a
perfect Machiavel , relates , merely from the love of talking , all the murders she
has committed , and those she still intends to commit , to her waiting - woman , for
Nay after the consecrated groves were cut down , and the temples demolished ,
the tales that sprung from them were still preserved , with religious reverence , in
the minds of the people . The Poet found himself happily situated amidst amidst ...
but still preserving such a resemblance as shews them to be derived from the
fame origin .. Jealous of the neighbouring states , and ever attentive to the glory
and interest of their commonwealth , an Athenian audience listened with
pleasure to ...
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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