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" In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual, in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species. "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes: The author's life ... - Sida 25
efter William Shakespeare - 1823
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Practicing Theory and Reading Literature: An Introduction

Raman Selden - 1989 - 206 sidor
...of the plays and concentrate upon the 'common humanity' of the characters who 'act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...the whole system of life is continued in motion'. By subordinating history to 'general passions' Johnson effectively suppresses the connections between...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - 1991 - 292 sidor
...17 Self-interest. always supply, and observation will always find. His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...that so much instruction is derived. It is this which fills the plays of Shakespeare with practical axioms and domestic wisdom. It was said of Euripides,...
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The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling

Henry Fielding - 1992 - 413 sidor
...speak by the influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated ... In the writings of other poets a character is too...in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species.' Beside this essential human nature, the customs of particular places or times were deemed accidental....
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - 1993 - 247 sidor
...life', whose characters 'are the genuine progeny of common humanity ... his persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...and the whole system of life is continued in motion' (ibid., 59). Such talk is jumped on as the very stuff of 'custom and veneration', of Shakespeare-worship...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volym 5

Brian Vickers - 1995 - 568 sidor
...as the world will always supply, and observation will always find. His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...that so much instruction is derived. It is this which fills the plays of Shakespeare with practical axioms and domestick1 wisdom. It was said of Euripides...
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Dramatic Closure: Reading the End

June Schlueter - 1995 - 144 sidor
...comments to the reading process becomes apparent when he notices how such characters "act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" 7 (my emphasis). Through a process of identification and differentiation (Johnson clearly values the...
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Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688

Donna B. Hamilton, Richard Strier - 1996 - 280 sidor
...preeminence. they are the genuine progeny of common humanity . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...and the whole system of life is continued in motion . . . Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - 1997 - 266 sidor
..."Shakespeare is above all writers . . . the poet of nature. . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" (Shakespeare, I, 61). Novelists like Richardson and Fielding are "engaged in portraits of which every...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 sidor
...furniture. Shakespeare reminds each reader of something already known. "His persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" (7: 61-62). The reason that a poet can represent general nature, therefore, is that all minds are agitated...
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Samuel Johnson's "general Nature": Tradition and Transition in Eighteenth ...

Scott D. Evans - 1999 - 168 sidor
...commendation of generality is common throughout the Preface: "[Shakespeare's] persons act and speak by the influence of those general passions and principles...the whole system of life is continued in motion"; a Shakespearean character is less commonly an individual than a "species" (62); "Shakespeare has no...
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