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 same magnanimity of fentiment might certainly have been found in Gustavus
Adolphus , and in other generals ; but then how monstrous would appear the
great catastrophe of the play ! If Shakespear had not preserved the Roman ...
And so I was , which plainly fignified That I should snarl , and bite , and play the
dog : Then since the heav'ns have shap'd my body so , Let hell make crook'd my
mind to answer it . I have no brother , I am like no brother , And that word , love ...
We muft allow his wit is every where just , his humour genuine , his character
perfectly original , and sustained through every scene , in every play , in which it
appears . As Falstaffe , whom the author certainly intended to be perfe & tly witty ,
As Aristotle gives this play the highest praise , we may be assured it did not in
any respect offend the Greek taste : and Boileau not injudiciously prefers this
simple exposition , destitute as it is of any . fimple 124 The Second Part of Henry
Whatever in Hamlet belongs to the præternatural , is perfectly fine ; the rest of the
play does not come within the subject of this chapter . The ingenious criticism on
the play of the Tempest , published in the Adventurer , has made it unnecessary ...
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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