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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We are affected by the catastrophe of a Stranger , we lament the destiny of an
dipus , and the misfortunes of an Hecuba ; but the little peculiarities of a character
touch us only where we have some nearer affinity to the person , than the
tions , that she is little affected by the cir . cumstance of Clytemnestra's relation to
the murderer , because she herself had nomother , means only that justice is not
governed by any affection or personal consideration , but acts by an invariable ...
A lady's interest being often the object , and sometimes her person the prize of a
combat , she was supposed to infpire his courage ; and , as he was to be not less
distinguished for Politeness than Valour , he affected an air of submissive ...
Meaning how the general state of the republic was affected by the fall of so great
a As the illiterate People are afraid of being imposed upon by the arts of the
Learned and the Eloquent , he veryjudiciously assures them he is no orator .
I have passed over beauties and defects in the fame silence , where they have
not effentially affected the great purposes of the drama . They are of fo palpable a
nature , that the most inattentive reader muft perceive them ; the splendor of his ...
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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