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 painter can define the just proportion of the human body , and the anatomist
knows what muscles constitute the strength of the limbs ; but tion , and exertion of
strength , depend on the mind , which animates the form . The critic but fashions ...
Superficial criticisms hit the level of shallow minds , to whom a Bon Mot will
appear Reason , and an epigrammatic Turo , Argument ; so that many of our
countrymen have hastily adopted this lively writer's opinion of the extravagance ,
and total ...
... the error of an untutored mind , which the example of judicious artists , and the
admonitions of delicate connoisseurs had not taught , that only graceful nature
and decent customs give proper subjects for imitation . It may be said in
In the East , the Poet veiled his inventions in mysterious allegories and divine
mythology ; and rather endeavoured to raise the mind to heavenly
contemplations , than to instruct it in human affairs . men . In Greece , the general
mother of arts ...
... good habits ot ; and , like a wholesome regimen , to preserve the whole moral
economy in a certain soundness and integrity . But it is not composed of
ingredients of such efficacy , as to mitigate the violent distempers of the mind , *
Chap . 6.
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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