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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portant in the tragedy of Macbeth , as the Eumenides in the drama of Æschylus ;
but our Poet is infinitely more dexterous and judicious in the conduct of their part .
The secret , foul , and midnight hags are not introduced into the castle of ...
The dexterity is admirable , with which the predictions of the witches ( as Macbeth
observes ) prove true to the Ear , but false to the Hope , according to the general
condition of all vain oracles . And it is with great judgment the poet has given to ...
Macbeth , in debating with himself , chiefly dwells upon the Guilt , yet touches
something on the Danger of assassinating the king . When he argues with Lady
Macbeth , knowing her too wicked to be affected by the one , and too daring to be
There are two lodg'd together , MACBETH . One cry'd , God bless us ! and , Amen
! the other ; As they had seen me with these hangman's hands . Listening their
fear , I could not say , Amen , When they did say , God bless us ! LADY . Consider
It is impossible not to sympathize with the terrors Macbeth expresses in his
disordered speech . MACBETH . It will have blood . --They fay , blood will have
blood . Stones have been known to move , and trees to speak ; Augurs , that
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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