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" In his comic scenes he is seldom very successful when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm; their jests are commonly gross and their pleasantry licentious; neither his gentlemen nor his ladies have much delicacy,... "
Poems, with illustrative remarks [ed. by W.C. Oulton]. To which is prefixed ... - Page xxvii
by William Shakespeare - 1804
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Selections in English Prose from Elizabeth to Victoria (1580-1880).

James Mercer Garnett - English literature - 1891 - 701 pages
...successful when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine : the reign of Elizabeth...
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Our English Homer: Or, Shakespeare Historically Considered

Thomas William White - 1892 - 297 pages
...Johnson assigns to Shakespeare's tragedy. "In it," he says, "his performance seems to be constantly worse as his labour is more. The effusions of passion,...exigence forces out, are, for the most part, striking and energetick; but whenever he solicits his invention or strains his faculties, the offspring of his throes...
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The World's Best Essays, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time

David Josiah Brewer - American essays - 1900 - 4190 pages
...successful when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious;...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine: the reign of Elizabeth...
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The World's Best Essays, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Volume 6

David Josiah Brewer - English essays - 1900
...reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantly licentious; neither his gentlemen nor his ladies have...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine: the reign of Elizabeth...
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Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare

David Nichol Smith - 1903 - 358 pages
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare

David Nichol Smith - 1903 - 358 pages
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm ; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare

David Nichol Smith - 1903 - 358 pages
...however, have been always some modes of gaiety preferable to others, and a writer ought to chuse the best. In tragedy his performance seems constantly to be...exigence forces out, are for the most part striking and energetick ; but whenever he solicits his invention, or strains his faculties, the offspring of his...
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The Praise of Shakespeare: An English Anthology

English literature - 1904 - 342 pages
...successful when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm." " In tragedy his performance seems constantly to be worse, as his labour is more." " In narration he affects a disproportionate pomp of diction and a wearisome train of circumlocution,...
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English Essays

Walter Cochrane Bronson - Digital images - 1905 - 404 pages
...successful when he 25 engages his characters in reciprocations of smartness and contests of sarcasm: their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious;...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether 30 he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine: the reign of...
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Famous Introductions to Shakespeare's Plays by the Notable Editors of the ...

Beverley Ellison Warner - Drama - 1906 - 268 pages
...successful, when he engages his characters in reciprocations of smart- </ ness and contests of sarcasm; their jests are commonly gross, and their pleasantry licentious...from his clowns by any appearance of refined manners. Whether he represented the real conversation of his time is not easy to determine ; the reign of Elizabeth...
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