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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who affects an impartial and philosophic spirit , should not rather speak with
admiration , than contempt , of an author , who by the force of genius rose so
much above the age and circumstances in which he was born , and who , even
when he ...
... or Sarpedon , could have produced an equal effect on any reader of the Iliad ;
such enthusiasm is to be caught only from the Stage , and is the effect alone of
strong - working sympathy , and passions agitated by the peculiar force and
... laboured recitals of the catastrophe , by which the spirit of the Drama is greatly
weakened and enervated , and the theatrical piece is deprived of that peculiar
influence over the mind , which it derives from the vivid force of Representation .
... him : but here we are admonished to observe the effects of pride and ambition ,
the Tyrant's dangers and the Traitor's fate . The sentiments and the manners , the
passions and their consequences , are fully set before you ; force the force and ...
... and pungent remorse , naturally attend on those steps to which he is led by the
force of Temptation . , Here we must commend the Poet's judgment , and his
invariable attention to conlistency of character ; but more amazing still is the art
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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