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 . "
who have robbed the Tragic Muse of all her virtue , and divested her of
whatsoever gives her a real interest in the human heart , require , we should
adore her for the glitter of a few false brilliants , or the nice arrangement of
frippery ornaments ...
Sophocles certainly unfolds the fatal mystery of the birth of dipus with great art :
but our interest in the play arises not from reflection on the conduct of the Poet ,
but is the effect of his making us alternately hope and fear for this guiltless ...
fended , if , in the conduct of the play , his fierce resentments of his wrongs , the
noble frankness of the son of Achilles , and the crafty wiles of Ulysses , which are
so finely exhibited in the Tragedy of Sophocles , and so deeply interest us in the ...
The example to the great ; the warnings to the people ; all high and public
precepts are neglected ; and by making the interest of the play turn • Defence of
Poesy . upon upon the passion of Love , to which the man 44 On DRAMATIC
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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