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 ...
The common interests of humanity make us attentive to every story that has an air
of reality , but we are more affected if we know ' it to be true ; and the interest is
still heightened if we have any relation to the perfons concerned . Our noble Our
All this is very awkwardly conducted . It is strange that a dramatic writer should
not have studied human nature enough to perceive , that the only character
which cannot interest upon the stage , is that which is mean , low , and
A lady's interest being often the object , and sometimes her person the prize of a
combat , she was supposed to infpire his courage ; and , as he was to be not less
distinguished for Politeness than Valour , he affected an air of submissive ...
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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