Studies in English Drama: First Series, Volumen1

University of Pennsylvania, 1917 - 284 páginas

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Página 11 - Resolution, to reject all the amplifications, digressions, and swellings of style: to return back to the primitive purity, and shortness, when men deliver'd so many things, almost in an equal number of words. They have exacted from all their members, a close, naked, natural way of speaking; positive expressions, clear senses; a native easiness: bringing all things as near the Mathematical plainness, as they can: and preferring the language of Artizans, Countrymen, and Merchants, before that, of Wits,...
Página 18 - London, Printed for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange.
Página 244 - If any here chance to behold himself, Let him not dare to challenge me of wrong ; For, if he shame to have his follies known, First he should shame to act 'em : my strict hand Was made to seize on vice, and with a gripe Squeeze out the humour of such spongy souls, As lick up every idle vanity.
Página 8 - And the play, in one word, is the best, for the variety and the most excellent continuance of the plot to the very end, that ever I saw, or think ever shall, and all possible, not only to be done in the time, but in most other respects very admittable, and without one word of ribaldry ; and the house, by its frequent plaudits, did show their sufficient approbation.
Página 53 - For to, and Unto, and all the pretty expletives he can find, till he drags them to the end of another line ; while the sense is left tired...
Página 180 - As to Fulke Greville, he is like nothing but one of his own ' Prologues spoken by the ghost of an old king of Ormus,' a truly formidable and inviting personage : his style is apocalyptical, cabalistical, a knot worthy of such an apparition to untie ; and for the unravelling a passage or two, I would stand the brunt of an encounter with so portentous a commentator !
Página 199 - I say, any man that hath wit may censure, if he sit in the twelve-penny room; and I say again, the play is bitter.
Página 21 - Hours with so much wonder. The scene of it is laid in London; the latitude of place is almost as little as you can imagine; for it lies all within the compass of two houses, and after the first act, in one. The continuity of scenes is observed more than in any of our plays, except his own Fox and Alchemist.
Página 246 - I see not then, but we should enjoy the same licence or free power to illustrate and heighten our invention, as they did ; and not be tied to those strict and regular forms, which the niceness of a few— who are nothing but forrnVwould thrust upon us.
Página 245 - Forms be imputed to me, wherein I shall give you occasion hereafter (and without my boast) to think I could better prescribe, than omit the due use for want of a convenient knowledge.

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