Questions tagged [william-congreve]

Questions about the works of the English playwright and poet William Congreve (1670 – 1729) and his life as a writer.

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What does the “justness of characters” mean?

What does the “justness of characters” mean? In the dedication of his play The Way of the World William Congreve says the following about the ancient Roman playwright Terence: "The purity of his ...
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What does “savage breast” mean in the Congreve quote?

This famous quote is from The Mourning Bride by William Congreve? Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. So what does "breast" in this quote mean?