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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The editor of the late edition of Corneille's works , has given the following preface
to the tragedy of Cinna : Having often heard Corneille and Shake( pear
compared , I thought it proper to « Thew “ fhew their different manner , in subjects
" that ...
... the judgment of Corneille . " It belongs to the readers of all nations " to
pronounce between the one and the ce other . A Frenchman or an Englishman
might perhaps be suspected of fome partiality . To institute this process , it was
neceffary to ...
Corneille has not kindled Cinna to his enterprize , with any spark of Roman fire .
In every thing he appears treacherous , base , and timid . Maximus , the other
conspirator , seems at first a better character ; but in the third act he makes a most
... le vaincre ta honte ; Montre - toi genereux , souffrant qu'il te surmonte . Plus tu
lui donneras , plus il te va donnet , Et ne triomphera que pour te couronner . I do
not pretend , as Mr. Voltaire does , I do Upon the CINNA of CORNEILLE . 223.
... tu m'as dû plaire , Et tout ce qui t'éleve au - dessus du vulgaire , Ma faveur fait
ta gloire , & ton pouvoir en vient Elle seule t'éleve , & feule te soutient , C'est 1 C'
est elle qu'on adore , et non pas ta personne Upon the CINNA of CORNEILLE
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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