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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... by Them , lies open to a thorough enquiry into the genius of our great English
classic . Unprejudiced and candid Judgment will be the surest basis of his fame .
А But whose very But he seems now in danger of incurring INTRODUCTION
whose very But he seems now in danger of incurring the fate of the heroes of the
fabulous ages , on whom the vanity of their country , and the superstition of the
times , bestowed an apotheofis founded on pretensions to achieve ments beyond
If the severer muses , whose sphere is the Library and the Senate , are obliged in
complaisance to this degeneracy , to trick themselves out with meretricious and
frivolous ornaments , as is too apparent from the compositions of the Historians ...
wits , and his errors are the jefts of little critics ; but there has not been a great
poet , or great critic , since his time , who has not spoken of him with the highest
veneration , Mr. Voltaire alone excepted ; whose translations often , whose
The practice and manner of the three celebrated Greek tragedians were by
succeeding critics established as dramatic laws : happily for Shakespear , Mr. Mr.
Johnson , whose genius and learning render him fuperior 14 INTRODUCTION.
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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