Criticism and Commentary

   

In his essay on William Wordsworth's poetry, Thomas de Quincey writes:

In genial moments the characteristic remembrances of men expand as fuently as buds travel into blossoms; but criticism, if it is to be conscientious and profound, and if it is applied to an object so unlimited as poetry, must be almost as unattainable by any hasty effort as fine poetry itself..... And hence it is that, in the sense of absolute and philosophic criticism, we have little or none... 1

This is no doubt why there is more about the men than about the poetry here.

Alexander Pope 

Horace

John Donne

Lord Byron

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

William Blake

William Wordsworth

 

1  Dr Samuel Parr and Other Writings by Thomas de Quincey Edinburgh 1862 p234

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