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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direction to its actions and gestures : when one of these critics has attempted to
finish a work by his own rules , he has rarely been able to convey into it one fpark
of divine fire ; and the hero of his piece , whom he designed for a Man , remains ...
Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks Upon
the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs. Montagu (Elizabeth). perior to
Rules , and antecedent to Rules ; and has a right of appeal to Nature herself .
He comprehended enough to perceive that Shakespear was unobfervant of fome
established rules of composition ; the felicity , with which he performs what no
rules can teach , escapes him . Will not an intelligent spectator admire the ...
... with admiration , than contempt , of an author , who by the force of genius rose
so much above the age and circumstances in which he was born , and who ,
even when he deviates most from rules , can rise to faults true critics dare not
... but the episodical part of his works he has enriched with mythology , physical
allegory , the fine arts , and whatever adorns the mind of man , or benefits fociety ;
even rules of domestic economy , social behaviour , and all the sweet civilities of
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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