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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The nicest connoiffeurs in painting have applauded every master , who has justly
copied nature . Had Michael Angelo ' s bold pencil been dedicated to drawing the
Graces , or Rembrandt ' s to trace the foft bewitching smile of Venus , their ...
Shakespear , in various nature wife ; does not confine himself to any particular
paffion . When he writes from history , he attributes to the persons such
sentiments , as agreed with their actions and characters . There is not a more
sure way of ...
... by his Humour ; and though Falstaffe is for a while a stain upon his character ,
yet it is of a kind with thofe colours , which are used for a disguise in sport , being
of such a nature as are eally washed out , without leaving any bad tince ture .
For the known limits of their powers and capacities set certain bounds to our
apprehens fions ; mysterious horrors , undefined terrors , are raised by
theintervention of beings , whose nature nature we do not understand , whose
actions we ...
... imitation of difcourse , our Critics require the language of nature , and á just
resemblance of the thing imitated. nature , with feminine L ' ordre ut trahir to Upon
the Cinna of Corneille . 209.
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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