To A Critic
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Who extracted a passage from a poem without
adding a word respecting the context,
and then derided it as unintelligible.
Most candid critic, what if I,
By way of joke, pull out your eye,
And holding up the fragment, cry,
‘Ha! ha! that men such fools should be!
Behold this shapeless Dab!–and he
Who own’d it, fancied it could see!’
The joke were mighty analytic,
But should you like it, candid critic?
This poem is found in the book
The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
which is available as a FREE book in a variety of formats
(Kindle/Nook/Etc) from Project Gutenberg…
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com