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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A superficial decorum is kept up if Agamemnon appears a great chief ; but he
should be a Greek chief too , if he is to facrifice his daughter to Diana . The same
magnanimity of fentiment might certainly have been found in Gustavus Adolphus
1 his tragedy 1 Corneille appears much inferior to our Shakespear in the art of
conducting the events , and displaying thecharacters , he borrows from the
historian's page : of Otho comprehends that period , in which the courtiers are
Possibly there is as much of difficulty in blank verse to the Poet , as there appears
of ease in it to the Reader . Like the ceftus of Venus , formed by the happy skill of
the Graces , it best exerts its charms , while the artifice of the texture is partly ...
This lady , however odious she appears to the spectator , is made to engage
Cinna her lover , a nephew of the great Pompey , in a conspiracy against .
Auguftus . Shakespear most judiciously laboured to Thew , that Brutus's motives
to kill ...
He makes two speeches , in which he appears envious and malignant to Cæsar ,
of whom he speaks as men do , who , unwilling to confess the qualities that give
superiority to a rival , dwell with malice on those petty circumstances , by which ...
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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