Elizabethan critical essays, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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George Gregory Smith
Clarendon Press, 1904 - Criticism
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Page 317 - As Plautus and Seneca are accounted the best for comedy and tragedy among the Latines, so Shakespeare among the English is the most excellent in both kinds for the stage...
Page 458 - All the images of nature were still present to him, and he drew them not laboriously but luckily: when he describes anything you more than see it, you feel it too. Those who accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read Nature; he looked inwards, and found her there.
Page 391 - As when some one peculiar quality Doth so possess a man, that it doth draw All his affects, his spirits, and his powers, In their confluctions, all to run one way, This may be truly said to be a humour.
Page 318 - Midsummers night dreame, and his Merchant of Venice; for tragedy, his Richard the 2, Richard the 3, Henry the 4, King John, Titus Andronicus and his Romeo and Juliet.
Page 22 - I know very many notable Gentlemen in the Court that haue written commendably and suppressed it agayne, or els suffred it to be publisht without their owne names to it : as if it were a discredit for a Gentleman, to seeme learned, and to shew him selfe amorous of any good Art.
Page 150 - ... of Trent, though no man can deny but that theirs is the purer English Saxon at this day, yet it is not so Courtly nor so...
Page 317 - As the soule of Euphorbus was thought to live in Pythagoras, so the sweete wittie soule of Ovid lives in mellifluous & hony-tongued Shakespeare : witnes his Venus and Adonis, his Lucrece, his sugred Sonnets among his private friends, &c.
Page 389 - As he dare serve the ill customs of the age, Or purchase your delight at such a rate, As, for it, he himself must justly hate...
Page 457 - Said he had written a Discourse of Poesie both against Campion and Daniel, especially this last, wher he proves couplets to be the bravest sort of verses, especially when they are broken, like Hexameters, and that crosse rimes and stanzaes (becaus the purpose would lead him beyond 8 lines to conclude) were all forced.
Page 319 - As Pindarus, Anacreon and Callimachus among the Greekes; and Horace and Catullus among the Latines are the best Lyrick Poets: so in this faculty the best among our Poets are Spencer (who excelleth in all kinds) Daniel, Drayton, Shakespeare, Bretton.

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