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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Our Shakespear , whose very faults pass here unquestioned , or are perhaps
consecrated through the enthusiasm of his admirers , and the veneration paid ' to
long - established fame , is by a great wit , a great critic , and a great poet of a ...
Theseus is made a mere sighing fwain . Many of the greatest men of antiquity ,
and even the roughest Heroes amongst the Goths and Vandals , are exhibited in
this effeminate form . The poet dignified the piece , perhaps with the name of an ...
... for that is the easiest part of every art perhaps ( but in poetry without dispute ) in
which the connoisseur can direct the artist , I do not suppose the Critic imagined
that å mere obedience to his laws of drama would make a good tragedy , tho ' it ...
In the latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
judgment than a candid comparison ( where the nature of the subjects will bear it
) between his , and some other celebrated dramatic compositions . It is idle to ...
This perhaps made him more acquainted with the emotions of the heart , and less
knowing or observant of outward forms : against the one he often offends , he
very rarely misrepresents the other . The French tragedians , on the contrary ...
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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