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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Pope , in the preface to his edition IV of Shakespear , sets out with declaring , that
, of all English poets , this author offers the fullest and fairest subject for criticism .
Animated by an opinion of such authority , some of the most learned and ...
As thefe pieces take their rise in the school of Criticism , they return thither again ,
and are as good subjects for the students in that art , as a dead body to the
professors in anatomy . Most minutely too have they been anatomised in learned
In the latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
judgment than a candid comparison ( where the nature of the subjects will bear it
) between his , and some other celebrated dramatic compositions . It is idle to ...
... will appear to politer times , the error of an untutored mind , which the example
of judicious artists , and the admonitions of delicate connoisseurs had not taught ,
that only graceful nature and decent customs give proper subjects for imitation .
We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint and feeble a means to excite
passion : declamation , still worse , plays idly on the surface of the subject , and
makes the Poet , who should be concealed in the action , visible to the fpectator .
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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