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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And though the Romans , who had conquered all other nations , had the best
right to prefer their own manners , and despise those of other countries , yet their
critics inculcated the necessity of imitating those of the people represented .
The catastrophe..of these plays is not built on a vain and idle fable of the wrath of
Juno , or of the revenge of slighted Bacchus ; nor is a man represented entangled
in the web of Fate , from which his . Virtues and his Deities cannot extricate him ...
and represented them with sentiments and manners agreeable to their historical
characters ; and to those things , which common fame had divulged of them ,
must have engaged the attention of the spectator , and affifted in that delusion of
In the mean time , it was necessary to captivate our attention , by demonstrating ,
that the poet was not going to exhibit such idle and frivolous gambols , as Ghosts
are by the vulgar often represented to perform . The historical testimony , L 3 ...
An abortive scheme , in which some people of obscure fame were engaged , and
even in whom as they are represented , the enterprize was pardoned , more from
contempt of their abilities and power , than the clemency of the Emperor ...
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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