Comedies; Tr. Into Familiar Blank Verse Volume 2

Comedies; Tr. Into Familiar Blank Verse Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1768 edition. Excerpt: ...has much lefs merit than the reft of our author's pieces. Laches and Phidippus are far inferior to Simo, Menedemus, Chremes, Micio, Demea, &c. nor is Pamphilits equal to the Pamphilus in the Andrian, or Phaedria, or.Efchinus, c5r.--This play has by fome Criticks been coupled with the Self-Tormentor for purity of flile and beauty of fentiment. It is not void of thofe graces, no more than than it is wholly deftitute of art in the conftrudlion of the plot; but furely it poflefles them in a much lefs eminent degree than the Self-Tormentor. Can the narration of Parmeno, not to dwell on its being needlefs, be compared with that of Menedemus? or with that of Simo in the Andrian; or that of Geta in Phormio?--I have endeavoured to omit no opportunity of taking notice of the beautiful paffages of this play; and I have indeed been more than ordinarily affiduous to point them out, in order to ihew.that in the moft indifferent productions of a great author, there are many things worthy our attention and imitation. On the whole, however, I am forry to be obliged to differ once more from the learned and ingenious Critick above-cited: And I cannot help thinking it rather fingular, thathe, who everywhere maintains that charafier is the chief objedt of Comedy, mould yet feem to draw conclufions direftly oppofite tothefepremifes, and not only prefer Terence (whofe artificial fables rendered him popular) to all other Comick Dramatifts, but alfo rank the Step-Mother, merely on account of" the nice dependency "and coherence of ihefaile," higher in merit than any other of his pieces, confeffedly more rich in cbaratter. I muft own that, fo far from being able to acquiefce in the opinion, that "it is indifputably, to every "reader more

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  • English
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