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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Such periods had Greece , had Rome ! Then were produced immortal works of
every kind ! But , when the living manners degenerated , in vain did an Ariftotle
and a Quintilian endeavour to restore by doctrine , what had been inspired by ...
They perceive his portraits are not of the Grecian or of the Roman school ; so that
after finding them unlike to the dignified characters preserved in learned
museums , they do not deign to enquire , whether they resemble the living
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 ...
Pere Brumoy seems to be very sensible of Corneille ' s misrepresentation of the
Roman character , though he speaks of it in all the ambiguity of language which
prudence could suggest , to one who was thwarting a national nal opinion it .
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
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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