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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We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint and feeble a means to excite
passion : declamation , still worse , plays idly on the surface of the subject , and
makes the Poet , who should be concealed in the action , visible to the fpectator .
It can hardly be supposed that a Critic of Pere Brumoy ' s taste did not mean to
convey an oblique cenfure in these observations . The Tragic Poet is not to let his
Pegasus , like the Hippogriffe of Astolpho , carry him to the moon ; he is to ...
... or of the revenge of flighted Bacchus ; nor is a man represented entangled in
the web of Fate , from which his Virtues and his Deities cannot extricate him : but
here we are admonished to observe the effects of pride and ambition , the Tyrant
But he rather collects general opinions into maxims , and gives them a form ,
which is easily retained by memory , than extracts any new observations from the
characters in action , which every reader of penetration will find the invariable ...
... of conveying moral instruction , as occasion is given to a variety of reflections
and observations , more useful in common life than those drawn from the
conditions of kings and heroes , and persons greatly superior to us by nature or
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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