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 vehemence with which he speaks of them , and the imprecations he utters
against the delinquent son , that we can guess at the violence of his emotions ;
therefore he excites more indignation at the conduct of Polynices , than sympathy
This perhaps made him more acquainted with the emotions of the heart , and less
knowing or observant of outward forms : against the one he often offends , he
very rarely misrepresents the other . The French tragedians , on the contrary ...
I am a man More finn ' d against than finning . Thus it is that Shakespear redeems
the ponfense , the indecorums , the irregularities of his plays ; and whoever , for
want of natural taste , or from ignorance of the English language , is insensible ...
The play opens by his declaring his intention to war against the infidels , which
he does not undertake , as was usual in those times , from a religious enthusiasm
, but is induced to it by political motives : that the martial spirit may not break out ...
It is not only the king and parent , but Henry Plantagenet , that chides the Prince
of Wales . How natural it is for him , on Percy ' s revolt , to recur to his own
rebellion against Richard , and to apprehend , that the same levities which lost
that king ...
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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