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 court of Elizabeth spoke a scientific jargon , and a certain obscurity of style
was universally affected . James brought an addition of pedantry , accompanied
by indecent and indelicate manners and language . By contagion , or from ...
... of Dorset , in his tragedy of Gorboduc ; in which the moral of each act is
represented on the stage in dumb fhew . It is therefore strange that Mr. de Voltaire
, who B 2 who affects an impartial and philosophic spirit , should not
who affects an impartial and philosophic spirit , should not rather speak with
admiration , than contempt , of an author , who by the force of genius rose so
much above the age and circumstances in which he was born , and who , even
when he ...
Experience informs us , that even the inarticulate groans and involuntary
convulsions of a creature in agonies , affect us much more , than any eloquent
and elaborate description of its situation , delivered in the properest . words , and
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 ...
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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