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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cate , nor audaciously bold , assume their highest character , and in all their
compositions seem to respect the chastity of the public taste , which would
equally disdain quaintness of ornament , or the rude neglect of elegance and
with the faults of the times , whether they be such as belong to unpolished , or
corrupted taste . Shakespear wrote at a time , when learning was tinctured with
pedantry ; wit was unpolished , and mirth ill - bred . The court of Elizabeth spoke
Fine dialogues of love , interwoven with a tale of incest and murder , would not
have been endured in any country , where taste had not been absolutely
perverted . Mr. Voltaire has the candor to own , this is a bad Tragedy ; but
Corneille tells ...
classical , to their works ; I believe every reader of taste admires , not only the
fertility of their imagination , but the judgment with which they availed themselves
of the superstition of the times , and of the customs and modes of the country , in ...
Allegorical beings , performing acts of chivalry , fell in with the taste of an age that
affected ' abstrufe Learning romantic Valour , and high - flown Gallantry , ' Prince
Arthur , the British Hercules , was brought from ancient ballads and romaneés ...
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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