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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The Horatii are represented no less obfequious in their address to their king ,
than the courtiers of the grand monarque . Theseus is made a mere sighing fwain
. Many of the greatest men of antiquity , and even the roughest Heroes amongst ...
Ridiculously has our poet , and ridiculously has our taste been represented , by a
writer of universal fame ; and through the medium of an almost universal
language . Superficial criticisms hit the level of shallow minds , to whom a Bon
Mot will ...
... when he faithfully copied nature , or represented customs , it will appear to
politer times , the error of an untutored mind , which the example of judicious
artists , and the admonitions of delicate connoisseurs had not taught , that only
... opinion , the poets of those times had of the ignorance of the people , than the
condescension shewn to it by the learned Earl of Dorset , in his tragedy of
Gorboduc ; in which the moral of each act is represented on the stage in dumb
For , by the same rule , if Hercules was represented under the difficulties of
performing any of the tasks enjoined by Eurystheus , the attention of the
Audience would not be engaged so much to the means by which he atchieved
his heroic ...
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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