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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... that in some places they bear the marks of the unpolished times , in which he
wrote , but one cannot forbear smiling to hear a critic , who professes himself an
admirer of the tragedies of Corneille , object to the barbarism of Shakespear ' s .
What would the ancients say , who would not suffer even the inarticulate sounds
of music to utter tones that might enervate the mind , if they could hear the stage ,
from whence issued precepts that awakened the Magistrate , animated the Chief
Rodrigue , ta valeur te rend digne de moi ; Mais pour être vaillant tu n ' es pas fils
de roi . Le Cid , Acte sme . Nor is this rule , that a princess can love only the son
of a king , a mere Spanish punto ; you shall hear two Spartan virgins , daugli.
The French impute barbarity and cruelty , to a people that could delight in bloody
skirmishes on the stage . The English , as unjustly , but as excufably , accuse of
effeminacy and frivoloufness , those wha who could fit to hear the following ...
Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks Upon
the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs. Montagu (Elizabeth). who could
fit to hear the following address of a lover to his mistress ' s bodkin , with which ...
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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