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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Before he is admitted as a spectator at the theatre in London , it is probable he
has already heard the tragic muse as she spoke at Athens , and as the now
speaks at Paris , or in Italy ; and he can discern between the natural language , in
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). perior to Rules , and antecedent to Rules ; And ' has a right
of appeal to Nature herself . Great indulgence is due to the errors of original
Like them , our author's works will remain for ever the greatest monuments of the
amazing force of nature , which we ought to view as we do other prodigies , with
an attention to , and admiration of their stupendous parts , and proud irregularity ...
In the latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
judgment than a candid comparison ( where the nature of the subjects will bear it
) between his , and fome other celebrated dramatic compositions . It is idle to ...
For copying nature , as he found it , in the busy walks of human life , he drew from
an original , with which the Literati are seldom · well acquainted . They perceive
his portraits are not of the Grecian or of the Roman school ; so that after finding ...
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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