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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... jargon caught from the tone of a court . In order to please upon the French
stage , every person of every age and nation was made to adopt French manners
. A 2 The - The Heroes of antiquity were not more disguised in INTRODUCTION .
... trick themfelves out with meretricious and frivolous ornaments , as is too
apparent from the compositions of the Historians and Orators in declining
empires , can we wonder that a dramatic poet , whose chief interest it is to please
the people ...
It has indeed been the common aim of all poetry to please and instruct ; but by
means as various as the kinds of compo . sition . We are pleased with the ode ,
the clegy , the eclogue ; not only for having invention , spirit , elegance , and such
But it must be acknowledged , that , when this objection is obviated , there will yet
remain another cause of cenfure ; for though our author , from want of delicacy or
from a defire to please the popular taste , thought he had done well , when he ...
As yet our stage had exhibited only those palpable allegories , by which rude
unlettered moralists instruct and please the gross and ignorant multitude .
Nothing can more plainly evince the opinion , the poets of those times had of the
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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