A Short View of Tragedy, 1693

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Scolar Press, 1693 - Rhetoric - 182 pages
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Page 136 - Second's time, could ever pretend to ? Our only hopes, for the good of their souls, can be that these people go to the play-house as they do to church — to sit still, look on one another, make no reflection, nor mind the play more than they would a sermon.
Page 85 - Jago's hands might be the more in Blood, and be yet the more abominable Villain: who without that was too wicked on all Conscience; And had more to answer for, than any Tragedy, or Furies could inflict upon him. So there can be nothing in the characters, either for the profit, or to delight an Audience. The third thing to be consider'd is the Thoughts.
Page 83 - Souldier, so we may be sure he should be like other Souldiers of our acquaintance; yet never in Tragedy, nor in Comedy, nor in Nature was a Souldier with his Character; take it in the Authors own words; Em.
Page 136 - What can remain with the Audience to carry home with them from this sort of Poetry for their use and edification? How can it work, unless, instead of settling the mind, and purging our passions, to delude our senses, disorder our thoughts, addle our brain, pervert our affections, hair our imaginations, corrupt our appetite, and fill our head with vanity, confusion...
Page 81 - em the supersubtle venetians. Yet examine throughout the Tragedy there is nothing in the noble Desdemona, that is not below any Countrey Chamber-maid with us. And the account he gives of their Noblemen and Senate, can only be calculated for the latitude of Gotham. The Character of that State is to employ strangers in their Wars; But shall a Poet thence fancy that they will set a Negro to be their General; or trust a Moor to defend them against the Turk? With us a Black-amoor might rise to be a Trumpeter;...
Page 68 - Chaucer found an Herculean labour on his Hands ; and did perform to Admiration. He seizes all Provencal, French or Latin that came in his way, gives them a new garb and livery, and mingles them amongst our English : turns out English, gowty, or superannuated, to place in their room the foreigners, fit for service, train'd and accustomed to Poetical Discipline. But tho...
Page 141 - Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name; Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well; Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with 'em, Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar.
Page 109 - Words, be they Spanish, or Polish, or any inarticulate sound, have the same effect, they can only serve to distinguish, and, as it were, beat time to the Action. But here we see a known Language does wofully encumber, and clog the operation: as either forc'd, or heavy, or trifling, or incoherent, or improper, or most what improbable.
Page 79 - First, This may be a caution to all Maidens of Quality how, without their Parents consent, they run away with Blackamoors [. . .} Secondly, This may be a warning to all good Wives that they look well to their Linnen. Thirdly, This may be a lesson to Husbands, that before their Jealousie be Tragical the proofs may be Mathematical.

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