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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portant in the tragedy of Macbeth , as the Eumenides in the drama of Æschylus ;
but our Poet is infinitely more dexterous and judicious in the conduct of their part .
The secret , foul , and midnight hags are not introduced into the castle of ...
I am inclined to think this tragedy is a mixture of History and Allegory . Æschylus
affected the allegorical manner so much , as to form a tragedy , called the
Balance , upon the allegory in Homer , of Jupiter's weighing the fates of Hector
It is reported , that a great French Wit often laughs at the tragedy of Macbeth , for
having a legion of Ghosts in it . One would imagine he either had not learnt
English , or had forgotten his Latin ; for the Spirits of Banquo's line are no more
There are many bombast speeches in the tragedy of Macbeth ; and these are the
lawful prize of the Critic : but Envy , not content to nibble at faults , strikes at its
true object , the prime excellencies and perfections of the thing , it would ...
Indeed , the common aim of tragedy writers seems to be merely to make us
uneasy , for some reason or other , during the drama . They take any thing to be
tragedy , in which there are great persons , and much lamentation ; but our Poet
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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