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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The Office of the Critic , in regard to Poetry , is like that of the Grammarian and
Rhetorician in respect to Language : it is the business of both to thew why such
and such modes of speech are proper and graceful , others improper and
Euripides was highly esteemed by theancients for the moral fentences , with
which he has interspersed the speeches in his tragedies ; and certainly many
general truths are expressed in them with a sententious brevity . But he rather
Shakespear , with a more philofophic turn of mind , confiders them , not as
presaging , but as instigating his cruel ambition , and finely accounts in the
following speeches for the asperity of his temper , and his fierce and unmitigated
desire of ...
There is still another more essential difference perhaps , which is , that the
wildest and most incorrect pieces of our poet contain some incomparable
speeches : whereas the worst plays of Corneille have not a good stanza . The . i
The tragedy ...
The tragedy of King Lear is very far from being a regular piece : yet there are
speeches in it which perhaps excel any thing that has been written by any
tragedian , ancient or modern . However we will only compare one passage of it
at present ...
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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