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 lamp of a famous Philosopher , expecting that by its assistance his
lucubrations would become equally celebrated , was little more absurd than
those poets , who suppose their dramas must be excellent if they are segulated
by Aristotle's ...
... this kind of dissection , Mr. Pope says , that , in order to form a judgment of
Shakespear's works , we are not to apply to the rules of Aristotle , which would be
like trying a man by the laws of one country , who lived under those of another.
As yet our stage had exhibited only those palpable allegories , by which rude
unlettered moralists instruct and please the gross and ignorant multitude .
Nothing can more plainly evince the opinion , the poets of those times had of the
It avails little to prove , that the means by which he effects them are not those
prescribed in any Art of Poetry . While we feel the power and energy of his
predominant genius , shall we not be apt to treat the cold formal precepts of the
Critic , with ...
nór can apply its art to the benefit of the ignorant vulgar , where those distempers
are in their most exasperated state . An epic Poem is too abstruse for the people ;
the moral is too much enveloped , the language too elevated for their ...
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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