William Hazlitt was an English writer remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism. He is considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in English and is placed by literary historians in the same company as Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. This essay is considered by most critics to be the best short explanation of the nature and importance of poetry evey written.
Excellent little essay. Read well, too.
Very good essay. I haven't read poetry in years but, after hearing this, I intend to change that!