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Our language sunk under him.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) on John Milton (1608-74)
Owen's tiny corpus is perhaps the most overrated poetry in the twentieth century.
Craig Raine, British poet, on Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), British poet
Pale, marmoreal Eliot was there last week, like a chapped office boy on a high stool, with a cold in his head.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) on T. S. Eliot
Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84) on Milton's Paradise Lost
Poor Faulkner. Does he really think emotions come from big words.
Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner
Poor Matt. He's gone to heaven, no doubt, but he won't like God.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) on Matthew Arnold
Poor Shelley always was, and is, a kind of ghastly object; colourless, pallid, tuneless, without health or warmth or vigour.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) on Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Probably Joyce thinks that because he prints all the dirty little words he is a great hero.
George Moore (1852-1933) on James Joyce
Reading him is like wading through glue.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) on Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
Shakespeare -what trash are his works in the gross.
Edward Young, British poet, in 1820
She is stupid, heavy and garrulous. Her ideas on morals have the same depth of judgement and delicacy of feeling as those of janitresses and kept women... she has good reasons to wish to abolish Hell.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) on George Sand (1804-76)
She looked like Lady Chatterley above the waist and the gamekeeper below.
Cyril Connolly (1903-74), on Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)
Sir Walter Scott, when all is said and done, is an inspired Butler.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830) on Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way and that made people think him great.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84) on Thomas Gray (1716-71), British poet
Sitting in a sewer and adding to it.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian and essayist, on Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), British poet
So grave, sententious, dogmatical a Rogue, that there is no enduring him.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), satirist and writer, on Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
Some call Pope little nightingale - all sound and no sense.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) on Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Steele might become a reasonably good writer if he would pay a little attention to grammar, learn something about the propriety and disposition of words and, incidentally, get some information on the subject he intends to handle.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) on Richard Steele (1672-1729)
Stoeber's mind, though that is no name to call it by... turns as unansweringly to the false, the meaningless, the unmetrical, as the needle to the pole.
A. E. Housman (1859-1936) on Elias Stoeber (1719-78), editor of classical texts
T. S. Eliot and I like to play, but I like to play Euchre, while he likes to play Eucharist.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) on T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

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