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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... but one cannot forbear smiling to hear a critic , who professes himself an
admirer of the tragedies of Corneille , object to the barbarism of Shakespear's .
There never was a more barbarous mode of writing than that of the French
romances in ...
What would the ancients say , who would not suffer even the inarticulate sounds
of music to utter tones that might enervate the mind , if they could hear the stage ,
from whence issued precepts that awakened the Magistrate , animated the Chief
Rodrigue , ta valeur te rend digne de moi ; Mais pour être vaillant tu n'es pas fils
de roi . Le Cid , Acte 5me . 1 Nor is this rule , that a princess can love only the son
of a king , a mere Spanish punto ; you shall hear two Spartan virgins , daughters
... to a people that could delight in bloody skirmishes on the stage . The English ,
as unjustly , but as excusably , accuse of effeminacyand frivoloufness , those who
who could fit to hear the following address of a 74 On the HISTORICAL DRAMA ...
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 ...
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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