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 Heroes of antiquity were not more disguised in the romances of Calprenede
and Scuderi , than in the tragedies of Corneille . In spite of the admonitions given
by that admirable critic Boileau to their dramatic writers in the following lines ...
... of the intention of the Drama : and indeed many Plays are little more than
Poems rehearsed ; and the theatrical decorations are used rather to improve the
Spectacle , than to assist the Drama , of which the Poet remains the apparent
country , and an immortal fame , to the pleasures of life , he is then struck with
sentiments so suitable to the greatness of his own mind ; and , in the style of a
hero and a Greek , expresses how glad he should have been of such a bride .
young Hero , full of gaiety and spirit , who , if he had once fallen into the society of
so pleasant a companion , could have the severity to discard him , or would not
say , as the Prince does , : " He could better spare a better man . How skilfully ...
... Emilia to him , he be - - gins then to , reflect upon his perfidy , and urges to
Maximus the remorse he feels for the intended affassination . The Poet seems to
be afraid he has not yet sufficiently disgraced graced his hero , and therefore
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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