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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In the latter of these articles , perhaps , there is not any thing will more assist our
judgment than a candid comparison ( where the nature of the subjects will bear it
) between his , and some other celebrated dramatic compositions . It is idle to ...
In delineating characters he must be allowed very far to furpass all dramatic
writers , and even Homer himself ; he gives an air of reality to every thing , and ,
in spite of many and great faults , effects , better than any one has ever done , the
The epic is also an imitation of the actions of men , but it imitatęs by narration .
The most perfect , and the best imitation , is certainly that which gives the most
adequate , * Arist . Poet . C . 1 . Chap . 3 . lively , lively , and faithful copy of the
lively , and faithful copy of the thing imitated . Homer was so sensible of the
superior force and efficacy of the dramatic manner , that he often drops the
narrative to assume it ; and Aristotle says , that for having invented the dramatic
He saw the powerful agency of living words , joined to moving things , when still
Narration yields the place to animated Action . . . It is as a moral philosopher , not
as the mere connoisseur in a polite art , that Ariftotle gives the preference ...
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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