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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... by conspiring with the imitation . It is addressed to the imagination , through
which it opens to itself a communication with the heart , where it is to excite
certain passions and affections ; each character being persopersonated , and
each event ...
... which it derives from the vivid force of Representation . 4 Segnius irritant
animos demissa per aurem , Quam quŠ sunt oculis subjecta fidelibus , et quŠ
Ipse sibi tradit spectator . 1 The business of the Drama is to excite fymsympathy ,
and its ...
We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint and feeble a means to excite
passion : declamation , still worse , plays idly on the surface of the subject , and
makes the Poet , who should be concealed in the action , visible to the spectator .
... by the course of the Star : It intimates a connection and correspondence
between things beyond our ken , and above the visible diurnal sphere . Horatio is
affected with that kind of fear , which such an appearance would naturally excite .
... vehemence of paflion ; pause in the hesitation of doubt ; appear lingering and
languid , in dejection and sorrow ; is capable of varying its accent , and adapting
its harmony , to the sentiment , it should convey , and the passion it would excite ...
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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