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The introductory essays on each critic are quite full and help considerably in establishing intellectual and historical relationships.
— George A. Gullette
This volume attempts to represent European theories of poetry from Plato's time to the year 1700. Editor Allan H. Gilbert has selected writers who in their own day spoke for the future rather than the past, and those whose conceptions are of value at present, either in developing our own critical thought or in interpreting the most important literature of their own ages.
Professor Gilbert's anthology of literary criticism is no simple collection of fragments from great critics. It is, in a way. a documentary history of literary taste, or better, a documentary history of the taste of literary critic . . . It contains material that is inaccessible in many university libraries and an index which ties together the various selections and gives the book a unity which most anthologies unfortunately lack.
– Modern Language Notes
The editorial apparatus is exceptionally thorough and stimulating, particularly the notes, the running bibliographies, and the index. It contains, too, some fresh materials — notably some selections from Thomas Thorild, an eighteenth-century Swedish critic. The introductory essays on each critic are quite full and help considerably in establishing intellectual and historical relationships.
– George A. Gullette