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 first masters in theatrical representations made use of a diction , which united
the harmony of verse to the easy and natural air of prose , and was suited to the
movement and bustle of Action , being confidered only as subservient to the ...
If it be the chief use of History , to teach Philofophy by Example , this species of
History must be allowed to be the best preceptor . The catastrophe of these plays
is not built on a vain and idle fable of the wrath of Juno , or of the revenge of ...
The people , for whose use these public entertainments should be chiefly
intended , know the battle of Shrewsbury to be a Fact : they are informed of what
passed on the banks of the Severn ; all that happened on the shore of the
be free and open to men of genius , than that a proud and tyrannical spirit of
criticism should controul us in the use of any of them . Those which we should
have judged most barren , have brought forth noble productions when cultivated
by an ...
Happier is the poet , when the peculiar dispofitions of his several characters do
naturally unfold the perplexities of the fable , than he who uses the liberty , which
Horace allows , to call a Deity to his assistance . This play opens by the king ' s ...
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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