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Journal Article

Edmund Burke and the Conservative Imagination

Douglas Archibald
Eighteenth-Century Ireland / Iris an dá chultúr
Vol. 10 (1995), pp. 127-147
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/30071365
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Edmund Burke and the Conservative Imagination
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Abstract

You are certainly in the right, that the study of poetry is the study of human nature; and as this is the first object of philosophy, poetry will always rank first among human composition. In that study you cannot have chosen a fitter object than Shakespeare. Your tracing that progress of corruption, by which the virtues of the mind are made to contribute to the completion of its depravity, is refined and deep: and tho' there are several ingenious moral criticisms on Macbeth, this seems to me quite new. In your examination of Hamlet, you have very well unravelled the mazes and perplexities of passion and character which appear in that play.

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