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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ject of confideration , if we do not remember the different circumstances under
which these writings were composed . Shakespear's plays were to be acted in a
paltry tavern , to an unlettered audience , just emerging from barbarity : the Greek
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 ...
... other species of Tragedy , where , if not very short , they teaze the spectator ,
whose mind is intent upon , and impatient for the catastrophe ; and unless they
arise necessarily out of the circumstances the person is in , they appear
In these characters the rudest peasant read the sad history of his country : while
the better sort were informed of the most minute circumstances by our chronicles .
The tragedians who took their subjects from Homer , had all the advantage a ...
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). grow mad , thus very naturally , in the general calamity of
the storm , recurs to his own particular circumstances . LEAR . Spit fire , spout rain
; Nor ...
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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