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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... fame , is by a great wit , a great critic , and a great poet of a neighbouring
nation , treated as a writer of monstrous Farces , called by him Tragedies ; and
barbarism and ignorance are attributed to the nation , by which he is admired .
Yet if wits ...
Will not an intelligent spectator admire the prodigious structures of Stone - Henge
, because he does not know by what law of mechanics they were raised ? Like
them , our author ' s works will remain for ever the greatest monuments of the ...
We may securely applaud what the ancients have crowned , therefore should not
withold our approbation wherever we find our countryman has equalled the most
admired passages in the Greek tragedians ; but we shall not do justice to his ...
Allegory , the daughter of fable , is admired by the fastidious Wit , and abstruse
Scholar , when her mother begins to be treated as superannuated , foolish , and
doting ; but however well she may please and amuse , not being worshipped as ...
Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks Upon
the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs. Montagu (Elizabeth). times in
which he lived ; his management of them fo masterly , that he will be admired in ...
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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