By T. S. ELIOT
"Eriger en lois ses impressions personnelles c'est le grand effort d'un homme s'il est sincère."--Lettres à l'Amazone.
COLERIDGE was perhaps the greatest of English critics, and in a sense the last. After Coleridge we have Matthew Arnold; but Arnold--I think it will be conceded--was rather a propagandist for criticism than a critic, a popularizer rather than a creator of ideas. So long as this island remains an island (and we are no nearer the Continent than were Arnold's contemporaries) the work of Arnold will be important; it is still a bridge across the Channel, and it will always have been good sense. Since Arnold's attempt to correct his countrymen, English criticism has followed two directions.____________________