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
Results 1-5 of 18
Great indulgence is due to the errors of original writers , who , quitting the beaten
track which others have travelled , make dare ing incursions into unexplored
regions of invention , and boldly strike into the pathless Sublime : it is no wonder
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 ...
If she wears any thing of intrinsic value , it has been borrowed from the ancients ;
but by these artists it is so fantastically fashioned to modern modes , as to lose all
its original graces , and even that necessary qualification of all ornaments ...
In many works of art , our pleasure arises from a reflection on the art itself ; and in
a comparison , drawn by the mind , between the original and the copy before us .
But here the Art and the Artist must not appear ; for , as often as we recur to the ...
ON THE HISTORICAL D RAM A. TH HOSE Dramas of Shakespear , which he
distinguishes by the name of his Histories , being of an original kind and peculiar
construction , cannot come within any rules , prior to their existence . The office of
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JamesBoswell - LibraryThing
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