Desultory Thoughts on the National Drama; Past and Present

Desultory Thoughts on the National Drama; Past and Present

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...But on this subject probably, as a distinguished commander said, "least said, soonest mended." Let us, in the words of another wise saw, indulge a pleasing expectation, that "better "times are coming." There is'one objection that has been rather forcibly put forward-by the critics, against "Antony and Cleopatra," that it is such a complete violation of the umties. that it is impossible for the mind to accommodate itself to so vast a stretch of all probability. To this it may be replied that the same objections may equally be urged against many other of Shakspeare's historical plays; and if they were allowed to influence the decision of managers, we might be deprived by this hyper-sensitiveness of classical affectation, of the pleasure we derive from witnessing some of his noblest productions. The remarks of Schlegel are perhaps. conclusive as to the weight that should attach to such ultra-refined criticisms: --" The fulness and variety of political and warlike events, to which " the union of the three divisions of the Roman world under one master, nece" sarily gave rise, were, perhaps, too great to admit of being clearly exhibited in " one dramatic picture."--" In this consists the great difliculty of the historical " drama, itmust be a crowded extract, and a living development of history. The " difliculty, 'however, has generally been successfully overcome by Shakspeare, " But here many things which are transacted in the background, are merely " alluded to, in a manner which supposes an intimate acquaintance with the " history, and a work of art should contain everything necessary for fully " understanding it within itself. Many...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236916115
  • 9781236916112