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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... hero of his piece , whom he designed for a Man , remains a cold inanimate
Statue ; which , moving on the wood and wire of the great masters in the
mechanical part of the drama , presents to the spectators a kind of ' heroic puppet
- thew .
amidst enchantments , ghosts , goblins ; every element supposed the residence
of a kind of deity ; the Genius of the mountain , the Spirit of the floods , the Oak
endued with sacred prophecy ; made men walk abroad with a fearful
Our early poets added narration and action to this kind of psalmody , as
Æschylus had done to the song of the goat . Much more rapid indeed was the
progress of the Grecian stage towards perfection .-Philosophy , Poetry ,
Eloquence , all the ...
The Soliloquy has been permitted to all dramatic writers ; but its true use seems
to be understood only by our author , who alone has attained to a just imitation of
nature , in this kind of self - conference . It is certain , that men do not tell ...
Great Spirits , though of a bad kind , engage our attention to all their operations ,
because they are capable of producing great Events . We are curious to see ,
what the audacious villain will dare to do , what the cunning one will contrive ; but
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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