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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We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint and feeble a means to excite
passion : declamation , still worse , plays idly on the surface of the subject , and
makes the Poet , who should be concealed in the action , visible to the spectator .
The drama does not , like the epic , admit of episode , unnecessary persons , or
things incredible ; for , as it is observed by a critic of great ingenuity and taste , * “
that which passes in Represen“ tation , and challenges , as it were , the scrutiny ...
A celebrated writer , in his ingenious letters on Chivalry , has observed , that the
Gothic manners , and Gothic superstitions , are more adapted to the uses of
poetry , than the Grecian . The devotion of those times was gloomy and fearful ,
But though such subjects might be chosen , or invented , as would introduce
some favorable incidents , or flattering reflections , this intention did not always
reign through the whole drama . 1 It was just now observed , that Shakefpear has
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1 It was just now observed , that Shakefpear has an advantage over the Greek
Poets , in the more folemn ; gloomy , and mysterious air of his national
superstitions ; but this avails him only with critics of deep penetration and true
taste , and with ...
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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