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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poflibility of satisfying the expectations of those who had affifted his usurpation ,
as some of the best historians with great appearance of reason have suggested *
, it is certain his reign was full of discontents and troubles . The popular arts by ...
Let the wits , who are so smart on our ghost's difappearing at the cock's crowing ,
explain why , in reason , a ghost in Perfia , or in Greece , should be more fond of
milk and honey , thanaverse , in Denmark , to the crow * ing of a cock .
Shakespear was too well read in human nature , not to know , that , though
Reason may expel the superstitions of the nursery , the Imagination does not so
entirely free itself from their dominion , as not to re - admit them , if occasion
Indeed , the common aim of tragedy writers seems to be merely to make us
uneasy , for some reason or other , during the drama . They take any thing to be
tragedy , in which there are great persons , and much lamentation ; but our Poet
... You all did love him once , not without cause ; What cause with - holds you
then to mourn for him ? O judgment ! thou art fled to brutish beasts , And men
have lost their reason . Bear with me . My heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar ,
And I ...
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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