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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... and as she now speaks at Paris , or in Italy ; and he can discern between the
natural language , in which the once addressed the human heart , and the
artificial dialect which she has acquired from the prejudices of a particular nation ,
or the ...
... he has made prodigious concessions to our prejudices in favour of the works of
our countryman , in allowing them the credit of a few fplendid paffages , while he
speaks of every entire piece as a monstrous and ill - constructed Farce . farce .
who affects an impartial and philofophic spirit , should not rather speak with
admiration , than contempt , of an author , who by the force of genius rose so
much above the age and circumstances in which he was born , and who , even
when he ...
... 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
manner ; but it is only by the the vehemence with which he speaks of them , and ...
the vehemence with which he speaks of them , and the imprecations he utters
against the delinquent son , that we can guess at the violence of his emotions ;
therefore he excites more indignation at the conduct of Polynices , than sympathy
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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