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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-Ridiculously has our poet , and ridiculously has our taste been represented , by
a writer of universal fame ; and through the medium of an almost universal
language . Superficial criticisms hit the level of shallow minds , to whom a Bon
Mot will ...
In delineating characters he must be allowed very far to surpass all dramatic
writers , and even Homer himself ; he gives an air of reality to every thing , and ,
in spite of many and great faults , effects , better than any one has ever done , the
This is the more astonishing as the author has not confined himself like all other
dramatic writers to a certain theatrical character ; which , formed entirely of one
passion , presents to us always the Patriot , the Lover , or the Conqueror .
The Soliloquy has been permitted to all dramatic writers ; but its true use seems
to be understood only by our author , who alone has attained to a just imitation of
nature , in this kind of self - conference . It is certain , that men do not tell ...
As certain decorums were unknown to the writers of Shakespear's days , he
suffers some poor mechanics to be too loquacious . As it was his business to
depress the character of Cæsar , and render his victory over his illustrious rival as
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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