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 moral of the fable of the Iliad is adapted to the political state of Greece ,
whose various chiefs are thereby exhorted to unanimity ; the Odyssey , to the
general condition of human nature ; but the episodical part of his works he has
nor can apply its art to the benefit of the ignorant vulgar , where those distempers
are in their most exasperated state . An epic Poem is too abstruse for the people ;
the moral is too much enveloped , the language too elevated for their ...
The pompous declamations of the French Theatre are ' mere - rhetorical
flourishes , such as an uninterested person might make on the state of the
persons in the drama . They assume the office of the Spectator by expressing his '
From description , from the report of a Spectator , we may make some conjecture
of his internal state of mind , and so far we shall be moved : but the direct and
immediate way to the heart is by the Sufferer ' s expression of his passion . As
One cry ' d , God bless us ! and Amen ! the other ; As they had seen me with these
hangman ' s hands , Listening their fear . I could not say , Amen , When they did
say , God bless us ! These These expressions open to us the internal state of ...
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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