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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If it be the chief use of History , to teach Philosophy by Example , this species of
History must be allowed to be the best preceptor . The catastrophe..of these plays
is not built on a vain and idle fable of the wrath of Juno , or of the revenge of ...
be free and open to men of genius , than that a proud and tyrannical spirit of
criticism should controul us in the use of any of them . Those which we should
have judged most barren , have brought forth noble productions when cultivated
by an ...
The general scenery of nature , considered as inanimate , only adorns the
descriptive part of being , according to the Celtic traditions , animated by a kind of
Intelligences , the bard could better make use of them , for his moral purposes .
Darius advises the old men to enjoy whatever they can , because riches are of no
use in the grave . As this touches the most absurd and ridiculous foible in human
nature , the increase of a greedy and solicitous desire of wealth , when the ...
... Blood and destruction shall be so in use , And dreadful objects fo familiar , That
mothers shall but smile , when they behold Their infánts quarter'd with the hands
of war : All pity choak'd with custom of fell deeds ; And Cæsar's spirit raging for ...
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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