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 5
If perfect and faultless compofition is ever to be'expected from human faculties , it
must be at some happy period , when a noble and graceful fimplicity , the result of
well regulated and fober magnanimity , reigns through the general manners .
The Tragic Poet is not to let his Pegasus , like the Hippogriffe of Asolpho , carry
him to the moon ; he is to represent men such as they were ; and , indeed , when
the fable and manners do not agree , great improprieties and perfect iạcredibility
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). could have been , by the most judicious orator . I know not
that any poet , ancient or modern , has shewn so perfect a judgment in rhetoric as
He composed many pieces of the allegorical kind , established on the Grecian
mythology , and rendered his playhouse a perfect pantheon . Shakespear
disdained these quaint devices ; . an admirable judge of human nature , with a
In speaking of the miseries of the Romans , I was silent about the death which is
the cause of our hatred , lest my warmth for your interests should betray the
secrets of such a perfect love . " >> There was not only discretion , but good
sense in ...
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