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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Fine dialogues of love , interwoven with a tale of incest and murder , would not
have been endured in any country , where taste had not been absolutely
perverted . Mr. Voltaire has the candor to own , this is a bad Tragedy ; but
Corneille tells ...
Let tragedy - writers who make princes prate with pages and waiting - women of
their murders and treasons , learn for once , from rude and illiterate Shakespear ,
how averse pride is coolly to confess , and prudence to betray , what the fever ...
However , still the poor spectator is much in the dark , till the queen , who is a
perfect Machiavel , relates , merely from the love of talking , all the murders she
has committed , and those she still intends to commit , to her waiting - woman , for
... his ignorance of human nature betrayed him in a succeeding scene , into the
enormous absurdity of making both Rodogune and the queen without hesitation ,
the one advise the lover to murder his mistress , the other the son to murder his ...
If the oracle commanded , and the laws justified the act of Orestes , by appointing
the next in blood to avenge the murder , then other circumstances of a special
and inferior kind , were not to have any weight . I am inclined to think this tragedy
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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