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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Superficial criticisms hit the level of shallow minds , to whom a Bon Mot will
appear Reason , and an epigrammatic Turn , Argument ; so that many of our
countrymen have hastily adopted this lively writer ' s opinion of the extravagance ,
... metus in autorem redit . ” The example to the great ; the warnings to the people
; all high and public precepts are neglected ; and by making the interest of the
play turn . . . . . . . Defence of Poesy . . upon úpon the passion of Love , to which
Shakespear , with a more philofophic turn of mind , confiders them , not as
presaging , but as instigating his cruel ambition , and finely accounts in the
following speeches for the asperity of his temper , and his fierce and unmitigated
desire of ...
And upon the effect of this prudent decision turns the great interest of the play . By
the laws of romance the men are to be amorous , and the ladies ambitious . Poor
Sertorius in his old age is in love with this lady , for whom Perpenna is also ...
It is oftenest found in odd and irregular minds : but this peculiar turn distorts wit ,
and though it gives it a burlesque , air , which , excitės momentary mirth , renders
it less just , and confequeptly less agreeable to our judgments . Gluttony ...
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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