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
Results 1-5 of 5
The pompous declamations of the French Theatre are ' mere - rhetorical
flourishes , such as an uninterested person might make on the state of the
persons in the drama . They assume the office of the Spectator by expressing his '
But how much less affecting are their animadverfions than the testimony of the
person concerned ! Whatever belongs to the part of the chorus has hardly the
force of dramatic imitation . The chorus is in a manner without personal character
, or ...
Polonius orders his daughter not to confide in the promises of Hamlet , who ,
being heir to the crown , cannot have liberty of choice in marriage , like a private
person . He must not , says the old statesman , carve for himself , as vulgar
With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs.
Montagu (Elizabeth). It is a common error , in the plan of Corneille ' s tragedies ,
that the interest of the piece turns upon some unknown person , generally a
But Mr . Voltaire , by faying the genius of Corneille has that superiority over our
countryman , which a person of rank has over a man in a low station , born with
the same talents , perplexes the thing very much . It seems to carry the
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JamesBoswell - LibraryThing
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