Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

The reputation of Walter Savage Landor (LAHN-dawr) rests primarily on his poetry, but he was a skilled writer of prose as well. His political writings are notable for their anger and his criticism for its insight into the mechanics of writing. All his prose is witty; it is frequently satirical. As with his poetry, Landor’s prose works are carefully phrased and sometimes more perfect in their parts than their wholes. Ranked as one of the most important practitioners of nonfiction prose in the nineteenth century, he is viewed by critics as one of the outstanding prose stylists of the English language.