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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The pompous declamations of the French Theatre are mere rhetorical flourishes ,
such as an uninterested person might make on the state of the persons in the
drama . They assume the office of the Spectator by expressing his feelings ...
But how much less affecting are their animadversions than the testimony of the
person concerned ! Whatever belongs to the part of the chorus has hardly the
force of dramatic imitatiòn . The chorus is in a manner without personal character
, or ...
He must not , says the old statesman , carve for himself , as vulgar persons do .
The French author ... The translator knew not that the word carve is often used
metaphorically in our language , for a person's framing or fashioning his lot ...
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). It is a common error , in the plan of Corneille's tragedies ,
that the interest of the piece turns upon some unknown person , generally a
But Mr. Voltaire , by saying the genius of Corneille has that superiority over our
countryman , which a person of rank has over a man in a low station , born with
the same talents , perplexes the thing very much . It seems to carry the
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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