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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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
... indeed , when the fable and manners do not agree , great improprieties and
perfect iạcredibility ensue . If a Grecian fable is chofen , Grecian + Theatre Grec .
par Brumoy . D manners 1 manners should accompany it . A superficial decorum
When the world becomes learned and philosophical , Fable refines into Allegory .
But the age of Fable is the golden age of Poetry ; when reason , and the steady
lamp of inquisitive philosophy , throw their penetrating rays upon the phantoms ...
Allegory , the daughter of fable , is admired by the fastidious Wit , and abstruse
Scholar , when her mother begins to be treated as superannuated , foolish , and
doting ; but however well she may please and amuse , not being worshipped as ...
... have neither the majesty of Shakespear's serious fables , nor the pleafing
sportfulness and poetical imagination of his ... genius than even Shakespear ,
makes bold incursions into the blind chaos of mingled allegory and fable , but he
is not ...
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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