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criticism, of which the earliest is his Letter to B—— and the most significant is his Poetic principle; and a series of obiter dicta, collected under the title Marginalia, which have justly been held to contain much of his best work as critic.
F. C. Prescott, Selections from the Critical Writings of Edgar Allan Poe. p. XIX; J. M. Robertson, New essays towards a critical method, p. 117.
His most distinctive gifts as critic were clearness of intellect and a faculty for analysis.
Few Americans of his time had finer intellectual endowments.
He also had the poet's faculty of ideality, on which he laid great stress in his judgments of others.
And he was the most independent and fearless of critics, disdaining not to attack either high or low. He had not read very widely; but he knew his Milton well, and probably his Shakespeare and his Pope, and he was familiar with the chief Romantic poets of the age immediately preceding his own; while as editor and magazinist he kept in close