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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Animated by an opinion of such authority , some of the most learned and
ingenious of our critics have made correct editions of his works , and enriched
them with notes . The superiority of talents and learning , which I acknowledge in
There never was a more barbarous mode of writing than that of the French
romances in the last age , nor which from its tediousness , languor , and want of
truth of character , is less fit to be copied on the stage : and what are most parts of
Most minutely too have they been anatomised in learned academies : but works ,
animated by Genius , will not abide this kind of dissection , Mr . Pope fays , that ,
in order to form a judgment of Shakespear ' s works , we are not to apply to the ...
By contagion , or from complaisance to the taste of the public , Shakespear falls
sometimes into the fashionable mode of writing : but this is only by fits ; for many
parts of all his plays are written with the most noble , elegant , and uncorrupted ...
We may securely applaud what the ancients have crowned , therefore should not
withold our approbation wherever we find our countryman has equalled the most
admired passages in the Greek tragedians ; but we shall not do justice to his ...
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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