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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To these the ghost of Hamlet is an object of contempt or ridicule . Let us candidly
examine thefe royal shades , as exhibited to us by those great masters in the art
of exciting pity and terror , Æschylus and Shakespears and impartially decide ...
mentioned Hamlet's ghost as an instance of the barbarism of our theatre . The
Perfians , of Æschylus , is certainly one of the most august spectacles that ever
was represented on a theatre ; nobly imagined , happily suftained , regularly ...
Let the wits , who are so smart on our ghost's difappearing at the cock's crowing ,
explain why , in reason , a ghost in Perfia , or in Greece , should be more fond of
milk and honey , thanaverse , in Denmark , to the crow * ing of a cock .
At the solemn midnight hour , Horatio and Marcellus , the schoolfellows of young
Hamlet , come to the centinels upon guard , excited by a report that a Ghost of
their late Monarch had , some preceding nights , appeared to them . Horatio , not
It is reported , that a great French Wit often laughs at the tragedy of Macbeth , for
having a legion of Ghosts in it . ... Banquo's line are no more Ghosts , than the
representations of the Julian race in the Æneid ; and there is no Ghost but
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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