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 practice and manner of the three celebrated Greek tragedians were by
succeeding critics established as dramatic laws : happily for Shakespear , Mr. Mr.
Johnson , whose genius and learning render him fuperior 14 INTRODUCTION.
Mr. Johnson , whose genius and learning render him fuperior to a servile awe of
pedantic institutions , in his ingenious preface to his edition of Shakespear , has
well obviated all ... Shakespear's felicity has been rendered compleat in this age .
A Tragedy is a fable exhibited to the view , and rendered palpable to the senses ;
and every decoration of the Stage is contrived to impose the delusion on the
spectator , by conspiring with the imitation . It is addressed to the imagination ...
... merit which fpecifically belongs to it , and constitutes its perfection , from fine
versification , or any other poetical ornaments , than a statue can be rendered a
fine specimen of sculpture , from being beautifully coloured , or highly polished .
... age renders weak and querulous , and who is now beginning to grow grow
mad , thus very naturally , in the general On the HISTORICAL DRAMA . 77.
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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