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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cate , nor audaciously bold , assume their higheft character , and in all their
compositions seem to respect the chastity of the public taste , which would
equally disdain quaintness of ornament , or the rude neglect of elegance and
with the faults of the times , whether they be such as belong to unpolished , or
corrupted taste . . Shakespear wrote at a time , when learning was tinctured with
pedantry ; wit was unpolished , and mirth ill - bred . The court of Elizabeth spoke
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 ...
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 ...
The songs sung by our bards at feafts and merry - makings were of a very coarse
kind : as the people were totally illiterate , and the better fort alone could read
even their mother tongue , their taste was formed on these compositions .
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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