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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In the East , the Poet veiled his inventions in mysterious allegories and divine
mythology ; and rather endeavoured to raise the mind to heavenly
contemplations , than to instruct it in human affairs . men . In Greece , the general
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pleaded , that the puppets were not subject to any human infirmities , would not
cough , sneeze , or become hoarse in the midst of a fine period ? or could it avail
much to urge , that their movements and tones , being directed by just mechanics
was studying human nature , in all her variety of tempers and faculties , I am now
, fays he , acquainted with all humours , f meaning dispositions ) since the days of
good man Adam to the present hour . In the play of Henry V. you are told , that ...
In human nature , of which Shakespear's characters are a just imitation , every
passion is controlled and forced into many deviations by various incidental
dispositions and humours . The operations of this complicated machine are far
Our author has so tempered the constitutional character of Macbeth , by infusing
into it the milk of human kindness , and a strong tincture of honour , as to make
the most violent perturbation , and pungent remorse , naturally attend on those ...
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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