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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direction to its actions and gestures : when one of these critics has attempted to
finish a work by his own rules , he has rarely been able to convey into it one
spark of divine fire ; and the hero of his piece , whom he designed for a Man ,
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). perior to Rules , and antecedent to Rules ; And ' has a right
of appeal to Nature herself . Great indulgence is due to the errors of original
He comprehended enough to perceive that Shakespear was unobservant of
fome established rules of composition ; the felicity , with which he performs what
no rules can teach , escapes him . Will not an intelligent spectator admire the ...
ON THE HISTORICAL D RAM A. TH HOSE Dramas of Shakespear , which he
distinguishes by the name of his Histories , being of an original kind and peculiar
construction , cannot come within any rules , prior to their existence . The office of
... been tutored by any rules of art , or informed by acquaintance with just and
regular drama's . Even the politer fort by reading E 4 1 reading books of chivalry ,
which were the polite On the HISTORICAL DRAMA . 71.
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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