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 is usual to compliment Corneille with having added dignity to the Romans ; and
he has undoubtedly given them a certain strained elevation of sentiment and
expression , which has perhaps a theatrical greatness ' : but this is not Roman ...
If Shakespear had not preserved the Roman character and sentiments , in his
play of the Death of Julius Cæsar , we should have abhorred Brutus as an Affaffin
, who by this artifice appears a Tyrannicide : and had not Mr . Addison made Cato
... if she is a Roman , insults the Barbarians , if she is a Barbarian , braves the
Romans , and even to her Lover is insolent and fierce . Were such a person to be
produced on our theatre , she would be taken for a mad Poetess escaped from
Mr . Voltaire is so little sensible of the noble delicacy of this speech , that he says
the conspirators are not Romans , but a ... Surely there is no partiality in faying
our Author has given to Brutus Roman Sentiments , with a tincture of the Platonic
ALL . Moft true , - - the will . - Let ' s stay , and hear the wilt . ANTONY . Here is the
will , and under Cæsar ' s feal . To ev ' ry Roman citizen he gives , To ev ' ry sev '
ral man , sev ' nty - five drachma ' s . 2 Plebeian . . Moft noble Cæfar ! Antony .
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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