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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1 1 The general object of Poetry , among the ancients , was the instruction of
mankind , in religion , morals , philosophy ... They directed the modes of divine
worship : they taught the moral duties ; infpired and celebrated heroic deeds ;
fung the ...
It is as a moral philosopher , not as the mere connoisseur in a polite art , that Arifa
totle gives the preference , above all other modes of poetic imitation , to Tragedy ,
as capable to purge the passions , by the means of pity and terror * .
We are apt to consider Shakespear only as a Poet ; but he is certainly one of the
greatest moral Philosophers that ever lived . Euripides Euripides was highly
esteemed by theancients for the moral sentences On the HISTORICAL DRAMA .
... fighing on After the admired heels of Bolingbroke , Cry'st now , O earth , yield
us that king again , And take thou this . # 2 Moral Moral reflections may be more
frequent in this kind of On the HISTORICAL DRAMA . 61.
Moral reflections may be more frequent in this kind of Drama , than in the other
species of Tragedy , where , if not very short , they teaze the spectator , whose
mind is intent upon , and impatient for the catastrophe ; and unless they arise ...
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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