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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If perfect and faultless compofition is ever to be'expected from human faculties , it
must be at some happy period , when a noble and graceful fimplicity , the result of
well regulated and fober magnanimity , reigns through the general manners .
By contagion , or from complaisance to the taste of the public , Shakespear falls
sometimes into the fashionable mode of writing : but this is only by fits ; for many
parts of all his plays are written with the most noble , elegant , and uncorrupted ...
To the Muse of Tragedy , therefore , Mr. Pope has assigned the noble talk , To
wake the soul by tender strokes of art , To raise the genius , and to mend the
heart , To inake mankind in conscious virtue bold , Live o'er each scene , and be
fended , if , in the conduct of the play , his fierce resentments of his wrongs , the
noble frankness of the son of Achilles , and the crafty wiles of Ulysses , which are
so finely exhibited in the Tragedy of Sophocles , and so deeply interest us in the ...
Our noble Our noble countryman , Percy , engages us much more than Achilles ,
or any Grecian hero . The people , for whose use these public entertainments
should be chiefly intended , know the battle of Shrewsbury to be a Fact : they are
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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