The attitude of Goethe and Schiller toward French classic drama

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byPaul Emerson Titsworth

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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. 1911. Excerpt: ... modernen Zwecke lernen wollen uns auf dem Theater zu benehmen, so ware Moliere der Mann, an den wir uns zu wenden hatten." 1 He cites as further proof of this perfect knowledge of the tricks of the playwright's trade the scene in the Malade imaginaire (II, 11) where he used retardation to such good purpose to keep up the suspense.1 Naturally enough, then, A. W. Schlegel's belittling criticism of the comic dramatic poet was a blow to Goethe.2 With his criticism of French classic tragedy, Goethe had been at first in fullest accord,3 but for his disparagement of Moliere he could not forgive him. This, with the fact that Schlegel was one of the founders of the Romantic school, undoubtedly helped to put Goethe out of sympathy with him.4 He criticised him harshly and accused the Romanticist of lacking a sound basis for his criticism and of having failed utterly to understand the import of Moliere's work. Goethe recognized that Schlegel knew a mass of facts and had read an enormous amount, but he denied that these things could take the place of sound judgment. He wound up by saying: "In the way in which Schlegel treats the French theater, I find a formula for a poor reviewer, who lacks every sense of what is excellent and who passes over a great personality as though it were chaff and stubble.'5 Racine. There are quite a few references to Racine in Goethe's works,t but only four in which he expressed himself critically on this French dramatist. Goethe early knew and venerated Racine. As a lad of twelve he had read him entire and the French tragic poet had In general, Schlegel's criticism of Moliere was that he was a conscienceless and unskilled borrower of plots and tricks, a buffoon, a caricaturist; that he wrote much trash; that he was clumsy in handling situ...

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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. 1911. Excerpt: ... modernen Zwecke lernen wollen uns auf dem Theater zu benehmen, so ware Moliere der Mann, an den wir uns zu wenden hatten." 1 H...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021737848X

ISBN - 13:9780217378482

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