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
Results 1-5 of 15
Mb R. Pope ; in the preface to his edition of Shakespear ; sets out with declaring ,
that , of all English poets , this author offers the fullest and fairest subject for
criticism . Animated by an opinion of such authority , some of the most learned
the lamp of a famous Philosopher , expecting that by its assistance his
lucubrations would become equally celebrated , was little more absurd than
those poets , who suppose their dramas must be excellent if they are segulated
by Aristotle's ...
... short of the intention of the Drama : and indeed many Plays are little more than
Poems rehearsed ; and the theatrical decorations are used rather to improve the
Spectacle , than to assist the Drama , of which the Poet remains the rent hero .
Stage to the Poet , the less we shall be affected by what is acted ; and therefore if
the difficulty of rhyme , and its apparent difference from the common language of
dialogue , be such , as continually to set the Art and the Artist before our eyes ...
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JamesBoswell - LibraryThing
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