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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... the found of Hotspur's narrier Did seem defensible . So you left him . Never , O ,
never do his ghost the wrong , To hold your honour more precise and nice With
others , than with Him . Let thein alone With 116 The Second Part of Henry IV .
Justice Shallow is an admirably well drawn comic character , but he never
appears better , than by reflection in the mirror of Falstaffe's wit , in whose
descriptions he is most strongly exhibited . -- It is said by some , that the Justice
was meant for ...
Our Poet never carries his præternatural Beings beyond the limits of the popular
tradition . It is true , that he boldly exerts his poetic genius , and fascinating
powers in that magic circle , in which none e'er durft walk but be : but as judicious
... a player , had been led into the mistake of charging Shakespear with the
absurdity of making Cæsar say , SA say , he never did wrong without just cause :
Upon the Death of Julius Cæsar . 279.
Shakefpear is never more worthy of the true cria tic's cenfure , than in those
instances in which he complies with this false pomp of manner . It was
pardonable in a man of his rank , not to be more polite and delicate than his
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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