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 lamp of a famous Philosopher , expecting that by its affiftance his lucubrations
would become equally celebrated , was little more absurd than those poets , who
suppose their dramas must be excellent if they are regulated by Aristotle ' s ...
... will not abide this kind of dissection , Mr . Pope fays , that , in order to form a
judgment of Shakespear ' s works , we are not to apply to the rules of Aristotle ,
which would be like trying a man by the laws of one country , who lived under
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
It avails little to prove , that the means by which he effec ' s them are not those
prescribed in any Art of Poetry . While we feel the power and energy of his
predominant genius , shall we not be apt to treat the cold formal precepts of the
Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks Upon
the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire Mrs. Montagu (Elizabeth). nor can
apply its art to the benefit of the ignorant vulgar , where those distempers are in ...
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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