Winter 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 1 My Credo: A Symposium of Critics (Continued)January 1, 1951 |

VI. The Humanist Critic¹

I have a very simple mind, and my simple creed could be set forth in a paragraph. But it is a matter of strong conviction, and, though a degree of emotional fervor is not an adequate substitute for the intellectual subtlety of modern criticism, I can at least claim to represent the body of common readers in all ages. While my articles of faith are few and elementary, it will take a little space to explain why they are what they are and why I feel strongly about them; and I should like to provide some perspective with a brief sketch of recent developments in scholarship and criticism, however familiar these may be. Various approaches, old and new, from appreciative impressionism to Marxist dogmatism, have shown both their varying utility and their deficiencies and dangers, but I shall look only at the two chief kinds of criticism, which often lock horns nowadays, the historical and the analytical. If it is self-evident that works of literature produced in our day are conditio

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Douglas Bush (1869-1983) was a literary critic, historian, and Harvard University professor. He is well known for his work on Shakespeare and John Milton as well as his reference work, English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century.

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