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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... 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 native talents , when they are the object ject of confideration ...
The bleeding , fightless eyes of Edipus are objects of too great horror for the
spectator ; but is not Theseus , in the midst of plagues and famine , adoring les
beaux yeux of the princess Dirce as much an object of ridicule ? Fine Fine ...
... the bard could better make use of them , for his moral purposes . That awe of
the immediate presence of the Deity , which , among the vulgar of other nations ,
is confined to temples and altars , was here diffused over every object . object .
... steps , observe , were grandeurs ; so the allegory is vanity and ambition
disdaining grandeur ; and the image presented is a woman climbing up a ladder ,
which is not a very common object , but more fo than Vanity ' s disdaining
Augustus cuts him short in this disgrace - ' ful lie , Thewing him he has full
information of the plot ; and very justly says , “ The liberty of thy country could not
be thy object , for then thou wouldīt not have hindered my restoring it . Thou must
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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