Shakespeare and Voltaire, Volume 2

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Scribner, 1902 - Romanticism - 463 pages
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Page 296 - Shakespeare, a book of which, strange as it may seem, though I must have read it formerly, I had absolutely forgot the existence. The learning, the good sense, the sound judgment, and the wit displayed in it, fully justify not only my compliment, but all compliments that either have been already paid to her talents, or shall be paid hereafter.
Page 407 - When the hand of time shall have brushed off his present Editors and Commentators, and when the very name of Voltaire, and even the memory of the language in which he has written, shall be no more, the Apalachian mountains, the banks of the Ohio, and the plains of...
Page 139 - ... to a lively representation of bloody deeds, to a kind of horrour which seems often barbarous and childish, all faults which never sullyd the greak, the roman, or the french Stage ; and give me leave to say that the taste of y...
Page 344 - A Jubilee, as it hath lately appeared, is a public invitation, circulated and urged by puffing, to go post without horses, to an obscure borough without representatives, governed by a mayor and aldermen who are no magistrates, to celebrate a great poet whose own works have made him immortal, by an ode without poetry, music without melody, dinners without victuals, and lodgings without beds ; a masquerade where half the people...
Page 296 - DC paid hereafter. Voltaire, I doubt not, rejoiced that his antagonist wrote in English, and that his countrymen could not possibly be judges of the dispute. Could they have known how much she was in the right, and by how many thousand miles the bard of Avon is superior to all their dramatists, tho French critic would have lost half his fame among them.
Page 146 - ... to kill a rat, and the heroine throws herself into the river. They dig her grave on the stage ; the grave-diggers...
Page 53 - I perceived that the English were right, and that it is impossible for a whole nation to be deceived in a matter of sentiment, and to be wrong in being pleased. They saw, as I did, the gross faults of their favorite author, but they felt better than I his beauties, all the more remarkable because they are lightning flashes which have sent forth their gleams in profoundest night."* * Ixmnsbury, T.
Page 11 - Our old dramatic poet* may witness for our good ear and manly relish. Notwithstanding his natural rudeness, his unpolished style, his antiquated phrase and wit, his want of method and coherence, and his deficiency in almost all the graces and ornaments of this kind of writings ; yet by the justness of his moral, the aptness of many of his descriptions, and the plain and natural turn of several of his characters, he pleases his audience, and often gains their ear, without a single bribe from luxury...
Page 291 - Foolish coxcomb ! Rules can no more make a poet than receipts a cook. There must be taste, there must be skill. Oh ! that we were as sure our fleets and armies could drive the French out of America as that our poets and tragedians can drive them out of Parnassus ! " The unhappy marriage of this clever and sympathetic sister, to whom Mrs.
Page 54 - ... exerted in behalf of classical standards. In 1726, he began a residence of almost three years in England which brought him into contact with English drama. Cato he regarded as a masterpiece of classical tragedy. Yet, like Addison, he confessed, once, at least, that creative energy such as Shakespeare's "leaves far behind it everything which can boast only of reason and correctness.

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