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 pompous declamations of the French Theatre are ' mere - rhetorical
flourishes , such as an uninterested person might make on the state of the
persons in the drama . They assume the office of the Spectator by expressing his '
From description , from the report of a Spectator , we may make some conjecture
of his internal state of mind , and so far we shall be moved : but the direct and
immediate way to the heart is by the Sufferer ' s expression of his passion . As
The pangs of paternal tenderness , thus wounded , are more pathetically
expressed by King Lear , who leaves out whatever of this enormity is equally
sensible to the spectator , and immediately exposes to us his own internal
feelings , when ...
... under whose knife the bleeding victim is expiring in agonies , by a description
of the unhappy object ; but how fully , and how forcibly is the consciousness of
guilt expressed by Macbeth , when , speaking of the grooms who lay near
Shakespear was born in a rank of life , in which men indulge themselves in a free
expression of their passions , with little regard to exterior appearance . This
perhaps made him more acquainted with the emotions of the heart , and less ...
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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