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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Shakespear , with a more philosophic turn of mind , considers them , not as
presaging , but as instigating his cruel ambition , and finely accounts in the
following speeches for the asperity of his temper , and his fierce and unmitigated
desire of ...
He had no legs , that practis'd not his gait ; And speaking thick , which nature
made his blemish , Became the accents of the valiant ; For those , that could
speak low and tardily , Would turn their own perfection to abuse , To seem like
him : So ...
BRUT : S . ' Tis a common proof , That lowliness is young ambition's ladder ,
Whereto the climber upward turns his face ; But when he once attains the upmost
round , He He then unto the ladder turns his back , Looks 214. Upon the Cinna of
From the hand of Cæfar Brutus would have accepted the liberty of Rome ; and
never , from a paltry interest of love or revenge , would have again put it to hazard
. ” As every movement in this play is to turn on mean and selfish passions , as ...
But ' tis a common proof , That lowliness is young ambition's ladder , Whereto the
climber upward turns his face ; But when he once attains the upmost round , He
then unto the ladder turns his back , Looks in the clouds , scorning the base ...
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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