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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Our Shakespear , faults pass here unquestioned , or are perhaps consecrated
through the enthusiasm of his admirers , and the veneration paid to long -
established fame , is by a great wit , a great critic , and a great poet of a
The poet dignified the piece , perhaps with the name of an Hercules , but , alas ! it
was always Hercules spinning , that was shewn to the spectator . And yet the
editor of Corneille's works , in terms so gross as are hardly pardonable
To bring within a limited time , and an assigned space , a series of conversations
( and French plays are little more ) is no difficult matter ; for that is the easiest part
of every art perhaps ( but in poetry without dispute ) in which the connoiffeur ...
In the latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
judgment than a candid comparison ( where the nature of the subjects will bear it
) between his , and fome other celebrated dramatic compositions . It is idle to ...
This perhaps made him more acquainted with the emotions of the heart , and less
knowing or observant of outward forms : against the one he often offends , he
very rarely misrepresents the other . The French tragedians , on the contrary ...
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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