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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sympathy , and its effect on the spectator depends on such a justness of imitation
, as Thall cause , to a certain degree , the same passions and affections , as if
what was exhibited was real . We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint
Our pity is then attendant on the passion of the unhappy person , and on his own
sense of his misfortunes . From description , from the report of a Spectator , we
may make fome conjecture of his internal state of mind , and so far we shall be ...
Among a thousand spectators , there are not perhaps half a dozen , who ever
were , or can be , in the circumstances of the persons represented : they cannot
fympathize with them , unless they have fome conception of a tender passion ...
This is the more astonishing as the author has not confined himself like all other
dramatic writers to a certain theatrical character ; which , formed entirely of one
passion , presents to us always the Patriot , the Lover , or the Conqueror .
The passion of love , or maternal affection , may afford good subjects fora tragedy
. In the fables of Phædra and Merope , those sentiments belong to the action ; but
they had no share in the resolution taken to kill Cæsar ; and , if they are made ...
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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