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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Stage to the Poet , the less we shall be affected by what is acted ; and therefore if
the difficulty of rhyme , and its apparent difference from the common language of
dialogue , be such , as continually to set the Art and the Artist before our eyes ...
The bleeding , sightless eyes of Edipus are objects of too great horror for the
spectator ; but is not Theseus , in the midst of plagues and famine , adoring les
beaux yeux of the princess Dirce as much an object of ridicule ? Fine dialogues
Truth of Design , and natural colouring , will always please the eye ; we appeal
not here to any set of rules : but in an imitative art we require only just imitation ,
with a certain freedom and energy , which is always necessary to form a
who could fit to hear the following address of a lover to his mistrefs's bodkin , with
which she had just put out one of his eyes : PYMANTE . O toi , qui fecondant son
courage inhumain , Loin d'orner les cheveux , dishonores fa main , Exécrable ...
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). more learning to have had the character of Achilles in his
eye , and also the advice of Horace as to the manner of representing him on the
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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