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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. "
Poems, with illustrative remarks [ed. by W.C. Oulton]. To which is prefixed ... - Sida xx
efter William Shakespeare - 1804
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 5, Romanticism

George Alexander Kennedy, Marshall Brown, Glyn P. Norton, H. B. Nisbet, Alastair J. Minnis, Ian Johnson, Claude Rawson, Christa Knellwolf, A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, Raman Selden, Rafey Habib, Lawrence Rainey, Christopher Norris, Christa Knellwolf King - 1989 - 506 sidor
...rather, they are 'common humanity, such as the world will always supply'. This means that Shakespeare's 'persons act and speak by the influence of those general...passions and principles by which all minds are agitated'. For most writers 'a character is too often an individual', but in the plays of Shakespeare a character...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - 1991 - 292 sidor
...been slightly modified. 1 5 Meaning the editing. 16 The social life of the time. 17 Self-interest. always supply, and observation will always find. His...motion. In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species. It is from this wide extension...
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The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling

Henry Fielding - 1992 - 413 sidor
...his Preface to Shakespeare (1765) was that they were 'the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the world will always supply, and observation will...passions and principles by which all minds are agitated ... In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare...
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - 1993 - 247 sidor
...faithful mirror of manners and of life', whose characters 'are the genuine progeny of common humanity ... his persons act and speak by the influence of those...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
...of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the world will always supply, and observation will...motion. In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species. It is from this wide extension...
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Dramatic Closure: Reading the End

June Schlueter - 1995 - 144 sidor
...relevance of Johnson's comments to the reading process becomes apparent when he notices how such characters "act and speak by the influence of those general passions...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
...justifies Shakespeare's canonical preeminence. they are the genuine progeny of common humanity . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those...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
...to generate pleasure for Johnson: "Shakespeare is above all writers . . . the poet of nature. . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those...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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Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Fellow and Tutor Balliol College Lecturer English Faculty Seamus Perry, Seamus (Lecturer in English Literature Perry, Lecturer in English Literature University of Glasgow), Seamus Perry - 1999 - 303 sidor
...characters; Johnson found an opposite excellence ('In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species': Johnson, 11); and Coleridge's division leads him to both positions at once. On the one hand, 'he brings...
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William Shakespeare, Richard II

Martin Coyle - 1999 - 192 sidor
...always supply, and observation will always find. ... In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species ... Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader...
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