How well I remember the aged poet Sophocles
, when in answer to the question, How does love suit with age, Sophocles
,--are you still the man you were?
So that from one point of view, Sophocles
is an imitator of the same kind as Homer--for both imitate higher types of character; from another point of view, of the same kind as Aristophanes--for both imitate persons acting and doing.
In harmony with this delight in personal advantages there is in their plays a certain heroic cast of character and dialogue, --as in Bonduca, Sophocles, the Mad Lover, the Double Marriage,--wherein the speaker is so earnest and cordial and on such deep grounds of character, that the dialogue, on the slightest additional incident in the plot, rises naturally into poetry.
Stay, Sophocles,--with this tie up my sight; Let not soft nature so transformed be, And lose her gentler sexed humanity, To make me see my lord bleed.
277 E) that Sophocles
followed the Epic Cycle closely in the plots of his plays, we may suppose that in outline the story corresponded closely to the history of Oedipus as it is found in the "Oedipus Tyrannus".
They do much better who enumerate the different virtues as Georgias did, than those who thus define them; and as Sophocles
speaks of a woman, we think of all persons, that their 'virtues should be applicable to their characters, for says he,
"Wasn't it Sophocles
," he asked, "who prayed for the time when he would be delivered from the wild beast of passion that devoured his heart-strings?"
'Romeo and Juliet, 'Hamlet,' and indeed most of his plays, contain unnecessary scenes, interesting to the Elizabethans, which Sophocles
as well as Racine would have pruned away.
despair; he has given immortality to a wagon, and the bee Sophocles
has transmitted to eternity a sore toe, and dignified a tragedy with a chorus of turkeys.
Now, I made for Madame Marguerite of Flanders, that famous epithalamium, as you know, and the city will not pay me, under the pretext that it was not excellent; as though one could give a tragedy of Sophocles
for four crowns!
' Lexicon I find a reference to Chrysostom(l, 242, A.
His mental palate, indeed, was rather pagan, and found a savouriness in a quotation from Sophocles
or Theocritus that was quite absent from any text in Isaiah or Amos.