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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... from the veneration which they had obtained by extraordinary wisdom , and a
faultless conduct , rose to the authority of LegislatÚrs . The practice and manner
of the three celebrated Greek tragedians were by succeeding critics established ...
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
... exist in such compositions , Sophocles certainly unfolds the fatal mystery of the
birth of Edipus with great art : but our interest in the play arises not from reAection
on the conduct of the Poet , but is the effect of his making us alternately hope ...
These Poets have plainly neglected the moral ends which were the object of the
Drama ; and the manner of conducting their Tragedy feems no less a deviation
from that which the great Poets practised , and the best Critics taught . If they
fended , if , in the conduct of the play , his fierce resentments of his wrongs , the
noble frankness of the son of Achilles , and the crafty wiles of Ulysses , which are
so finely exhibited in the Tragedy of Sophocles , and so deeply interest us in the ...
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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