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 .
... too apparent from the compositions of the Historians and Orators in declining
empires , can we wonder that a dramatic poet , whose chief interest it is to please
the people , should , more than any other writer , conform himself to their humour
In delineating characters he must be allowed very far to furpass all dramatic
writers , and even Homer himself ; he gives an air of reality to every thing , and ,
in spite of many and great faults , effects , better than any one has ever done , the
... an Affaffin , who by this artifice appears a Tyrannicide : and had not Mr .
Addison made Cato a Patriot , according to the Roman mode , we should think he
was mad for killing himself becaufe Cæsar was likely to become perpetual
Shakespear , in various nature wife ; does not confine himself to any particular
paffion . When he writes from history , he attributes to the persons such
sentiments , as agreed with their actions and characters . There is not a more
sure way of ...
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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