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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First , we must take into consideration what is proposed to be done by the means
of dramatic imitation . Every species of poetry has its distinct offices . The effecting
certain moral purposes , by the representation of a Fable , seems to have been ...
First , whether his Fables answer the noblest end of Fable , moral instruction ;
next , whether his dramatic imitation has its proper dramatic excellence . In the
latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
T o form a true judgment of the merit 1 of any dramatic composition , we Thould
first consider the offices and ends of the Drama ; what are its pretensions , and for
what purposes it assumes a manner so different from any other kind of poetical ...
Yet first in the rank of all the eminent perfections of this unequalled Bard , is
placed the invention of the dramatic imitation , by a Critic , whose judgment was
formed by philosophy , and a deep knowledge of human nature . He saw the
The first masters in theatrical representations made use of a diction , which united
the harmony of verse to the easy and natural air of prose , and was suited to the
movement and bustle of Action , being confidered only as subservient to 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