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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It has indeed been the common aim of all poetry to please and instruct ; but by
means as various as the kinds of compo . sition . We are pleased with the ode ,
the clegy , the eclogue ; not only for having invention , spirit , elegance , and such
... s great monument of human wit from the presumptuous invasions of our rash
critics , and the squibs of our witlings ; so that the bays will for ever flourish
unwithered and inviolate round his tomb ; and his very spirit seems to come forth
and to ...
... of Dorset , in his tragedy of Gorboduc ; in which the moral of each act is
represented on the stage in dumb thew . It is therefore strange that Mr . de
Voltaire , B 2 who who affects an impartial and philofophic spirit , should not
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 ...
A French Tragedy is a tissue of declamations , and laboured recitals of the
catastrophe , by which the spirit of the Drama is greatly weakened and enervated
, and the theatrical piece is deprived of that peculiar influence over the mind ,
which it ...
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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