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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Such is his merit , that the more just and refined the taste of the nation is become ,
the more he has encreased in reputation . proved by his own age , admired by
the next , and is revered , and almost adored by the present . His merit is disputed
For in the pressure of extreme distress , men are intent only on themselves and
on the present exigence . The various interests and characters in these historical
plays , and the mixture of the comic , weaken the operations of pity and terror , but
How terrible to him , how repugnant to his nature , we plainly perceive , when ,
even in the moment that he summons up therefolu . tion needful to perform it ,
horrid phantasms present themselves : murder alarmed by his sentinel the wolf ...
As Mr. Voltaire has given his translation of Julius Cæfar , I will just present to the
reader a literal translation of the first scene of the first Act , which begins by a
soliloquy . CINNA , TRAGEDI E. ACTE PREMIER , SCENE PREMIERE , Emilie .
... first step tothethroneon which Iseehim . Anda when you present me that bloody
image , the cause of my hatred , the effect of his rage , I abandon abandon myself
to your violent transports , and think that 224 Upon the Cinna of CORNEILLE ...
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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