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.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1785 Excerpt: ...so potent art. But to return to the intended comparison between the Grecian Shade, and the Daniih Ghost. Ghost. The first propriety in the conduct of this kind of machinery seems to be, that the praeternatural person be intimately connected with the fable j that he increase the interest, add to the solemnity of it, and that his efficiency, in bringing on the catastrophe, be in some measure adequate to the violence done to the ordinary course of things, in his visible interposition. These are points peculiarly important in dramatic poetry, as has been before observed. To these ends it is necessary, this Being should stand acknowledged and revered by the national Superstition, and thus every operation that developes the attributes, which vulgar opinion, or the nurse's legend, have taught us to ascribe to. him, will augment our pleasure; whether we give the reins to our imagination, and, as Spectators, willingly yield ourselves up to pleasing delusion, or, as Critics, examine the merit of the composition. I hope it is not difficult to shew, that in all these capital points our author has excelled. At the solemn midnight hour, Horatio and Marcellus, the schoolfellows of young Hamlet, come to the L 3 ccntinels centinels upon guard, excited by a report that a Ghost: of their late Monarch had, some preceding nights, appeared to them. Horatio, not being one of the believing vulgar, gives little credit to the story, but bids Bernardo proceed in his relation. Bernardo. Last night of all, When yon same star, that's westward from the pole, Had made his course t'illutne that part of heav'n, Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself, The bell then beating one----Here enters the Ghost, after you are thus prepared. There is something solemn and sublime in thus regulatin..