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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... trick themselves out with meretricious and frivolous ornaments , as is too
apparent from the compositions of the Historians and Orators in declining
empires , can we wonder that a dramatic poet , whose chief interest it is to please
the people ...
Poets who mean to please posterity , 1hould therefore work as Painters , not as
Taylors , and give us peculiar features , rather than fantastic habits : but where
there is such a prodigious variety of well - drawn portraits as in this play , we may
... Shakespear , in the dark shades of Gothic barbarism , had no resources but in
the very phantoms , that walked the night of ignorance and superstition : or in
touching the latent passions of civil rage and discord : sure to please best his
... accustomed to the decorums of the French theatre . It is not improbable the
Poet might have in his eye some person of eminence in his days , who was
distinguished by such manners . Many allusions and imitations which please at
the time ...
He wrote : to please an untaught people , guided wholly by their feelings , and to
those feelings he applied , and they are often touched by circumstances that
have not dignity and splendor enough to please the eye accustomed to / to 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