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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But it must be acknowledged , that , when this objection is obviated , there will yet
remain another cause of censure ; for though our author , from want of delicacy or
from a desire to please the popular taste , thought he had done well , when he ...
sympathy , and its effect on the spectator depends on such a justness of imitation
, as Thall cause , to a certain degree , the same passions and affections , as if
what was exhibited was real . We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint
... He's follow'd both with body and with mind , And doth enlarge his rising with
the blood Of fair King Richard , scrap'd from Pomfret ftones ; Derives from heaven
his quarrel and his cause ; Tells them he doth bestride a bleeding land Gasping ...
Good friend , thou hast no cause to say so yet , But thou shalt have - and creep
time ne'er so flow , Yet it shall come for me to do thee good . I had a thing to say
— but , let it go : The sun is in the heav'n , and the proud day , Attended with the ...
When he introduces his furies , and other supernatural beings , he exposes -
them by too glaring a light ; causes affright in the spectator , but never rises to the
imparting that unlimited terror which we feel when Macbeth to his bold address ...
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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