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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Before he is admitted as a spectator at the theatre in London , it is probable he
has already heard the tragic muse as she spoke at Athens , and as she now
speaks at Paris , or in Italy ; and he can discern between the natural language , in
James brought an addition of pedantry , accompanied by indecent and indelicate
manners and language . By contagion , or from complaisance to the taste of the
public , Shakespear falls sometimes into the fashionable mode of writing : but ...
Ridiculously has our poet , and ridiculously has our taste been represented , by a
writer of universal fame ; and through the medium of an almost universal
language . Superficial criticisms hit the level of shallow minds , to whom a Bon
Mot will ...
An epic Poem is too abstruse for the people ; the moral is too much enveloped ,
the language too elevated for their apprehension ; nor have they leisure , or
application , to trace the consequences of ill - governed passions , or erro - '
not be so easily effected , if they spoke the language of passion , which in all
ranks of men is much alike . This kind of exterior representation falls intirely short
of the intention of the Drama : and indeed many Plays are little more than Poems
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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