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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Yet some criterion must be established by which we may determine his merits .
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
Mr. Voltaire has faid , that the plots of Shakespear's plays are as wild as that of
the Clitandre just quoted ; and it must be allowed they are often exceptionable :
but at the same time we must observe , that though crouded too much , they are
This piece must have delighted the people at the time it was written , as the
Follies of their favourite character were so managed , that they rather seemed
foils to set off its Virtues , than stains which obscured them . 1 Whether we
consider the ...
To create in the English spectator , the same reverence for him , it is necessary
we should be made to imbibe those doctrines , and to adopt those opinions , by
which he himself was actuated . We must be in the very Capitol of Rome ; stand
I am sorry that I must differ from the opinion of our commentator , who thinks the
words , “ O what a fall was there ! ” related to that circumstance ; it seems rather to
refer to what immediately follows : ANTONY . Then I , and you , and all of us fell ...
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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