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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First , we must take into consideration what is proposed to be done by the means
of dramatic imitation . Every fpecies of poetry has its distinct offices . The effecting
certain moral purposes , by the representation of a Fable , seems to have been ...
It avails little to prove , that the means by which he effects them are not those
prescribed in any Art of Poetry . While we feel the power and energy of his
predominant genius , shall we not be apt to treat the cold formal precepts of the
Critic , with ...
We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint and feeble a means to excite
passion : declamation , still worse , plays idly on the surface of the subject , and
makes the Poet , who should be concealed in the action , visible to the spectator .
The conflicts in the bosom of Macbeth , before he commits the murder , could not ,
by any other means , have been so well exposed . He entertains the prophecy of
his future greatness with complacency , but the very idea of the means by ...
own , as the imitation is so just , though the original may be called mean , I think it
is not to beentirely condemned : one might perhaps wish the part of the mob had
been shorter . . The miserable conceit of Cæsar's blood rushing out of the ...
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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