1896 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

George Saintsbury, in History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1896) 186.



He is the critics' critic as Spenser is the poets' poet; that is to say, he has, errors excepted and deficiencies allowed, the greatest proportion of the strictly critical excellencies — of the qualities which make a critic — that any English writer of his craft has ever possessed.