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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Our Shakespear , whose very faults pass here unquestioned , or are perhaps
consecrated through the enthusiasm of his admirers , and the veneration paid ' to
long - established fame , is by a great wit , a great critic , and a great poet of a ...
If the severer muses , whose sphere is the Library and the Senate , are obliged in
complaisance to this degeneracy , to trick themfelves out with meretricious and
frivolous ornaments , as is too apparent from the compositions of the Historians ...
wits , and his errors are the jests of little critics ; but there has not been a great
poet , or great critic , fince his time , wh« has not spoken of him with the highest
veneration , Mr . Voltaire alone excepted ; whofe tranflations often , whose
... rose to the authority of Legislat˛rs . The practice and manner of the three
celebrated Greek tragedians were by succeeding critics established as dramatic
laws : happily for . Shakespear , Mr . Mr . Johnson , whose genius and learning
Mr . Johnson , whose genius and learning fender him superior to a servile awe of
pedantic institutions , in his ingenious preface to his edition of Shakespear , has
well obviated all that can be objected to our author ' s neglect of the unities of ...
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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