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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... their historical characters ; and to those things , which common fame had
divulged of them , must have engaged the attention of the spectator , and affifted
in that delusion of his Imagination , from whence his fympathy with the story muft
classical , to their works ; I believe every reader of taste admires , not only the
fertility of their imagination , but the judgment with which they availed themselves
of the superstition of the times , and of the customs and modes of the country , in ...
But the age of Fable is the golden age of Poetry ; when reason , and the steady
lamp of inquisitive philosophy , throw their penetrating rays upon the phantoms of
Imagination , they discover them to have been mère shadows , formed by ...
Shakespear was too well read in human nature , not to know , that , though
Reason may expel the superstitions of the nursery , the Imagination does not so
entirely free itself from their dominion , as not to re - admit them , if occasion
The regions of imagination , in which the Poet is allowed an arbitrary fway , seem
his proper dominion . There he reigns like Pluto over shadows huge and terrible ,
of mighty and august appearance , but yielding and unrefifting . The terra firma ...
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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