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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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
... that were productive of the present circumstances , and the characters of the
persons from whose conduct , in such circumstances , the subsequent events are
to flow . An intelligent spectator will receive great pleasure from observing every ...
Jealous of the neighbouring states , and ever attentive to the glory and interest of
their commonwealth , an Athenian audience listened with pleasure to any
circumstances , in their theatrical entertainments , which reflected honour on their
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