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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Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks Upon
the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs. Montagu (Elizabeth).
INTRODUCTION . M R . Pope , in the preface to his edition IV of Shakespear ,
sets out ...
Mr . Voltaire confesses , that some of the most admired Tragedies , in France ; are
rather conversations , than representations of an action , It will hardly be allowed
to those who fail in the most essential part of an art , to set up their ...
Sophocles , in his admirable Tragedy of dipus Coloneus , makes Edipus '
expoftulate with his undutiful son . The injured parent exposes the enormity of
filial disobedience ; sets forth the duties of this relation in a very strong and lively
Stage to the Poet , the less we shall be affected by what is acted ; and therefore if
the difficulty of rhyme , and its apparent difference from the common language of
dialogue , bę fuch , as continually to set the Art and the Artist before our eyes ...
... cannot extricate him : but here we are admonished to observe the effects of
pride and ambition , the Tyrant ' s dangers and the Traitor ' s fate . The sentiments
and the manners , the passions and their consequences , are fully set before you
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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