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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It is not only the king and parent , but Henry Plantagenet , that chides the Prince
of Wales . How natural it is for him , on Percy's revolt , to recur to his own rebellion
against Richard , and to apprehend , that the same levities which lost that king ...
We cannot but suppose , that at the time it was written , many stories yet
subsisted of the wild adven , tures of this Prince of Wales , and his idle
companions . His subsequent reformation , and his conquests in France ,
rendered him a very ...
How skilfully does our author follow the tradition of the Prince's having been
engaged in a robbery , yet make his part in it a mere frolic to play on the cowardly
and braggart temper of Falstaffe ! The whole conduct of that incident is very artful
The Prince seems always diverted , rather than seduced by Falstaffe ; he
despises his Vices while heisentertained by his Humour : and though Falstaffe is
for a while a stain upon his character , yet it is of a kind with those colours , which
... Shakespear for throwing this colour over that part of his conduct ; whether he
seized on some intimations historians had given of that fort , or , of himself
imagined so respectable a motive for the Prince's deviations from the dignity of
his birth .
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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