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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In the latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
judgment than a candid comparison ( where the nature of the subjects will bear it
) between his , and fome other celebrated dramatic compositions . It is idle to ...
I had a thing to say — but , let it go : The sun is in the heav'n , and the proud day ,
Attended with the pleasures of the world , Is all too wanton , and too full of gaudes
, To give me audience . If the midnight bell Did with his iron tongue and brazen ...
... the prime excellencies and perfections of the thing , it would depreciate . One
should not wonder if a school - boy critic , who neither knows what were the
superstitions of former times , or the Poet's privileges in all times , should flourish
A sublime genius , in all its operations , sacrifices little things to great , and parts
to the whole . ... the spectator for Brutus ; to do this he was to Thew , that his
temper was the furthest imaginable from any thing ferocious or sanguinary , and
by his ...
When we speak of genius , we always mean that which is original and inherent ,
not any thing produced or derived from what is external . But Mr. Voltaire , by
saying the genius of Corneille has that superiority over our countryman , which a
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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