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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... this degeneracy , to trick themfelves out with meretricious and frivolous
ornaments , as is 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 ...
who have robbed the Tragic Muse of all her virtue , and divested her of
whatsoever gives her a real interest in the human heart , require , we should
adore her for the glitter of a few false brilliants , or the nice arrangement of
frippery ornaments ...
... exist in such compositions , Sophocles certainly unfolds the fatal mystery of the
birth of Edipus with great art : but our interest in the play arises not from reAection
on the conduct of the Poet , but is the effect of his making us alternately hope ...
fended , if , in the conduct of the play , his fierce resentments of his wrongs , the
noble frankness of the son of Achilles , and the crafty wiles of Ulysses , which are
so finely exhibited in the Tragedy of Sophocles , and so deeply interest us in the ...
... that maketh us know , qui sceptra “ fævus duro imperio regit , timet timentes , "
metus in autorem redit . ” The example to the great ; the warnings to the people ;
all high and public precepts are neglected ; and by making the interest of the play
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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