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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... s works will remain for ever the greatest monuments of the amazing force of
nature , which we ought to view as we do other prodigies , with an attention to ,
and admiration of their stupendous parts , and proud irregularity of Greatness .
... event exhibited , the attention of the On DRAMATIC POETRY 29.
personated , and each event exhibited , the attention of the audience is greatly
captivated , and the imagination so far assists in the delusion , as to sympathize
in the representation . To the Muse of Tragedy , there fore , Mr . Pope has
For , by the same rule , if Hercules was represented under the difficulties of
performing any of the tasks enjoined by Eurystheus , the attention of the
Audience would not be engaged so much to the means by which he atchieved
his heroic ...
... and so deeply interest us in the dispute for the arrows , were all neglected , in
order to engage our attention to some love - scenes between Neoptolemus , and
a fair nymph of Lemnos ? Would the Poet be excused by pleading the effeminacy
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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