1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

Walter Savage Landor, 1843; Forster, Landor, a Biography (1869) 568-59.



Hazlitt's books are delightful to read, pleasant always, often eloquent and affecting in the extreme. But I don't get much valuable criticism out of them. Coleridge was worth fifty of him in that respect. A point may be very sharp, and yet not go very deep; and the deficiency of penetrating may may be the result of its fineness. A shoemaker whose shoes are always well pollisht and always neatly cut out, but rarely fit, is not of much use to us.