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 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
... affinity to the person , than the common relation of humanity : nor , unless we
are particularly acquainted with the original character , can these distinguishing
marks have the merit of heightening the ręsemblance , and animating the portrait
Goi Iit be no more , Porcia is Brutus ' harlot , not his wife . he puts in a note upon
Harlot , to affure us that the word in the original is W .; which , if he understood our
blank verse , he would know could not make up the metre . Mr. Voltaire formerly ...
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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