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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Sophocles certainly unfolds the fatal mystery of the birth of dipus with great art :
but our interest in the play arises not from reflection on the conduct of the Poet ,
but is the effect of his making us alternately hope and fear for this guiltless ...
These Poets have plainly neglected the moral ends which were the object of the
Drama ; and the manner of conducting their Tragedy seems no less a deviation
from that which the great Poets practised , and the best Critics taught . If they
portant in the tragedy of Macbeth , as the Eumenides in the drama of Æschylus ;
but our Poet is infinitely more dexterous and judicious in the conduct of their part .
The secret , foul , and midnight hags are not introduced into the castle of ...
There is great art in this conduct . The true cause of the royal Dane's discontent
could not be guessed at : it was a secret which could be only revealed by himself
. In the mean time , it was necessary to captivate our attention , by demonstrating
Upon the judgment of both the authors in the choice of the story , in the conduct of
it , in exciting the sympathies belonging to it , in the fashioning of the characters ,
in the nobleness of sentiment , and the representam tion of Roman manners ...
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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