Shakspeare's Delineations of Insanity, Imbecility, and Suicide

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byAbner Otis Kellogg

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... HAMLET. TF Lear and Macbeth have served to impress us J-deeply with the extraordinary intuitive psychological knowledge of Shakspeare, yet even these, wonderful as they are and so infinitely above everything else in ancient or modern dramatic literature, cannot be taken as a gauge by which we are to measure the powers of that intellect from whence they emanated; for the exhibition of the complete plentitude of these powers seems to have been reserved for the tragedy of Hamlet, that wonderful play, which of all he has left, gives us the most exalted notions of, and the most profound reverence for, the genius of the man. Nothing he has left us exhibits so completely the wonderful versatility of his powers, and the universality of their range, as this play. All the deepest subjects, those which individually have engaged the most profound powers of the human mind in all ages, are here grappled with, and in each the poet has shown himself preeminent. Wit the most sparkling, humor the most genuine, pathos the most touching, metaphysics the most subtle, philosophy the most profound, are here brought together in complete and harmonious union. t Well may such an one be called the "myriad-minded." As might be expected, no other of his plays has given rise to so much speculation, regarding the purposes of the dramatist, and the true character of the personages he has represented. Some of the most profound critics of the last century, and down to the present time, have here found an enigma which they have by no means been able to solve, and which has been to them a stumbling-block and perpetual rock of offence. Schlegel, one of the most profound of German critics, who devoted some of the best years of his literary life to the study of Shakspeare, and who has poured u...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... HAMLET. TF Lear and Macbeth have served to impress us J-deeply with the extraordinary intuitive psychological knowledge of Sha...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217047246

ISBN - 13:9780217047241

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