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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Shakespear ' s plays were to be acted in a paltry tavern , to an unlettered
audience , just emerging from barba + rity : the Greek tragedies were to be
exhibited at the public charge , under the care and auspices of the magistrates ,
at Athens ...
A Tragedy is a fable exhibited to the view , and rendered palpable to the senses ;
and every decoration of the Stage is contrived to impose the delusion on the
fpectator , by conspiring with the imitation . It is addressed to the imagination ...
S e Justice Shallow is an admirably well drawn comic character , but he never
appears better , than by reflection in the mirror of Falstaffe ' s wit , in whose
descriptions he is most strongly exhibited . It is said by some , that the Justice was
... features , rather than fantastic habits : but where there is such a prodigious
variety of well - drawn portraits as in this play , we may excuse one piece of mere
drapery , especially when exhibited to expose an abfurd and troublesome
... the influence of eloquence upon their minds , are truly exhibited ; and I must
own * * own , as the imitation is fo just 2072 Upon the Death of Julius CÆSAR .
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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