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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figies of their patriots ; we must be taught to adore the images of Junius Brutus ,
the Horatii , Decii , Fabii , and all who had offered dear and bloody sacrifice to the
liberty of their country , in order to see this action in the point of view in which it ...
This intimation of discontent encourages Cassius to try to incense Brutus against
the growing power of Cæsar . On the shouts of the mob , Brutus expresses his
fear that they are making Cæsar king ; this encourages Caffius to proceed in his ...
Brutus , on the contrary , informs us , that no personal motives sway him , but
such as are derived from an hereditary aversion to tyranny , and the pledge ,
which the virtue of his ancestors had given the common - wealth , that a Brutus
He was my friend , faithful and just to me ; But Brutus says he was ambitious ; And
Brutus is an ho ble man . He hath brought many captives home to Rome , Whose
ransoms did the general coffers fill ; Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious ?
Goi Iit be no more , Porcia is Brutus ' harlot , not his wife . he puts in a note upon
Harlot , to affure us that the word in the original is W .; which , if he understood our
blank verse , he would know could not make up the metre . Mr. Voltaire formerly ...
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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