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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... a dramatic poet , whose chief interest it is to please the people , should , more
than any other writer , conform himself to their humour ; and appear more strongly
infected with with the faults of the times , whether they be i INTRODUCTION . "
... information from them , he addresses himself to Atoffa , who does not break
forth band ; with that passion and tenderness , one mould with 160 On the
Præternatural Beings .
The author certainly intended to recommend Cinna to his spectators merely as a
loyal lover , according to the phrase of romance : in every other light he other light
he appears contemptible , and indeed suffers himself to be used with the ...
As it was his business to depress the character of Cæsar , and render his victory
over his illustrious rival as odious as possible , he judiciously makes one of the
Tribunes thus address himself to the people : MARULLUS . Wherefore rejoice ?
The following foliloquy , prophetic of the civil war , subsequent to the death of
Cæsar , spoken by Antony addressing himself to the dead body , is sublime and
folemn . ANTONY . O pardon me , thou bleeding piece of earth , ' That I am meek
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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