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Feb 7 2013, 3:07am

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Some critical reviews...

Criticism of playwright William Shakespeare:

"The undisputed fame enjoyed by Shakespeare as a writer...is, like every other lie, a great evil." -- Count Leo Tolstoy

"With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare..." -- George Bernard Shaw

Criticism of John Milton's Paradise Lost:

"This obscure, eccentric and disgusting poem." -- Voltaire

"Our language sunk under him." -- Joseph Addison

"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." -- Dr. Samuel Johnson

Criticism of poet John Keats:

"Here [is] Jonny Keats' piss-a-bed poetry...No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don't I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin." -- Lord Byron

"Fricassee of dead dog." -- Thomas Carlyle

Criticism of author James Joyce:

"The work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples." -- Virginia Woolf

"My God, what a clumsy olla putrida James Joyce is! Nothing but old f**s and cabbage-stumps of quotations from the Bible and the rest, stewed in the juice of deliberate, journalistic dirty-mindedness." -- D.H. Lawrence

Criticism of composer Richard Wagner:

"I like Wagner's music better than any other music. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says. That is a great advantage." -- Oscar Wilde

"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." -- Mark Twain

"Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours." -- G.A. Rossini

"Wagner is evidently mad." -- Hector Berlioz

"Is Wagner human at all? Is he not rather a disease?" -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"I love Wagner but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws." -- Charles Baudelaire

And there you have it, several eminent critics famous for their own works, utterly trashing equally famous artists. Everyone has an opinion, but the one that counts the most is your own. Unless, of course, your opinion goes against my beliefs, in which case you are dead wrong.

Please visit my blog...The Dark Elf File...a slighty skewed journal of music and literary comment, fan-fiction and interminable essays.

(This post was edited by Morthoron on Feb 7 2013, 3:16am)

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