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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A painter can define the just proportion of the human body , and the anatomist
knows what muscles constitute the strength of the limbs ; but tion , and exertion of
strength , depend on the mind , which animates the form . The critic but fashions ...
... his sentiments , without giving to his understanding any particular bias . iAs the
contempt attendant on these vices and defects is the best antidote against any
infection that might be caught in his fociety , fo it tion The First Part of Henry IV .
tion that might be caught in his fociety , fo it was very skilful to make him as ridi .
culous as witty , and as contemptible as entertaining . The admirable speech
upon honour would have been both indecent and dangerous from any other
How terrible to him , how repugnant to his nature , we plainly perceive , when ,
even in the moment that he summons up therefolu . tion needful to perform it ,
horrid phantasms present themselves : murder alarmed by his sentinel the wolf ...
Upon the judgment of both the authors in the choice of the story , in the conduct of
it , in exciting the sympathies belonging to it , in the fashioning of the characters ,
in the nobleness of sentiment , and the representam tion of Roman manners ...
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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