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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... It must be owned , 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 ...
the lamp of a famous Philosopher , expecting that by its affiftance his lucubrations
would become equally celebrated , was little more absurd than those poets , who
suppose their dramas must be excellent if they are regulated by Aristotle ' s ...
If perfect and faultless composition is ever to be expected from human faculties , it
must be at some happy period , when a noble and graceful fimplicity , the result of
well regulated and sober magnanimity , reigns through the general manners .
Yet some criterion must be established by which we may determine his merits .
First , we must take into consideration what is proposed to be done by the means
of dramatic imitation . Every species of poetry has its distinct offices . The effecting
But it must be acknowledged , that , when this objection is obviated , there will yet
remain another cause of cenfure ; for though our author , from want of delicacy or
from a defire to please the popular taste , thought he had done well , when he ...
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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