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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The effecting certain moral purposes , by the representation of a Fable , seems to
have been the universal intention , from the first institution of the Drama to this
time ; and to have prevailed , not only in Europe , but in all countries where the ...
First , whether his Fables answer the noblest end of Fable , moral instruction ;
next , whether his dramatic imitation has its proper dramatic excellence . In the
latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
In Greece , the general mother of arts , arose the mighty Genius of Homer ; of
whom it may be said , as it is of Socrates with relation to Philosophy , that he
brought Poetry from heaven , to live in cities among The moral of the fable of the
Iliad is ...
A Tragedy is a fable exhibited to the view , and rendered palpable to the senses ;
and every decoration of the Stage is contrived to impose the delusion on the
spectator , by conspiring with the imitation . It is addressed to the imagination ...
... was fuited to the movement and bustle of Action , being confidered only as
subfervient to the Fable , and not as the principal object of the Poet or the
Audience , The first endeavour of the Poet should be to touch the heart , the next
to mend it .
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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