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 .
There never was a more barbarous mode of writing than that of the French
romances in the last age , nor which from its tediousness , languor , and want of
truth of character , is less fit to be copied on the stage : and what are most parts of
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
A Tragedy is a fable exhibited to the view , and rendered palpable to the senses ;
and every decoration of the Stage is contrived to impose the delusion on the
fpectator , by conspiring with the imitation . It is addressed to the imagination ...
He would not have supposed the death of Hector , or Sarpedon , could have
produced an equal effect on any reader of the Iliad ; such enthusiasm is to be
caught only from the Stage , and is the effect alone of strong - working fympathy ,
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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