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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... treated as a writer of monstrous Farces , called by him Tragedies ; and
barbarism and ignorance are attributed to the nation , by which he is admired .
Yet if wits , poets , critics , could ever be charged with presumption , one might
say there ...
The epic Poem and the Tragedy , says Aristotle , are purely imitations * ; but the
dramatic is an imitation of the actions of men , by the means of action itself . The
epic is also an imitation of the actions of men , but it imitatęs by narration .
Homer was so sensible of the superior force and efficacy of the dramatic manner ,
that he often drops the narrative to assume it ; and Aristotle says , that for having
invented the dramatic imitation , and not on account of his other excellencies ...
... bleeding victim is expiring in agonies , by a description of the unhappy object ;
but how fully , and how forcibly is the consciousness of guilt expressed by
Macbeth , when , speaking of the grooms who lay near Duncan , he says ,
What would the ancients say , who would not suffer even the inarticulate sounds
of music to utter tones that might enervate the mind , if they could hear the stage ,
from whence issued precepts that awakened the Magistrate , animated the Chief
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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