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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A painter can define the just proportion of the human body , and the anatomift
kriows what muscles constitute the strength of the limbs ; but grace of motion ,
and exertion of strength , depend on the mind , which animates the form . The
critic but ...
Such is his merit , that the more just and refined the taste of the nation is become ,
the more he has encreased in reputation . He was approved by his own age ,
admired by the next , and is revered , and almost adored by the present . His
Shakespear ' s plays were to be acted in a paltry tavern , to an unlettered
audience , just emerging from barba + rity : the Greek tragedies were to be
exhibited at the public charge , under the care and auspices of the magistrates ,
at Athens ...
... modest , natural in Words , and very unlike the bombast , turgid heroes of
romance . A greatman , says he does not declaim in the tone of the Theatre ; his
expressions in conversation are just and strong ; * Lettres sur l ' Eloquence , & c .
, he ...
Even fairy land has produced the Sub . lime ; and the wild regions of Romance
have sometimes yielded just and genuine sentiments . • To write a perfect
tragedy , a Poet must be possessed of the Pathetic or the Sublime ; or perhaps to
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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