Part 1. This section offers general principles of good criticism (and of poetry--since criticism for Pope means determining the of a work rather than its , understanding the principles of good criticism means understanding the rules for good poetry and vice versa).
A critical essay or review begins with an analysis or exposition of the reading, article-by-article, book by book. Each analysis should include the following points:
The word "critical" has positive as well as negative meanings. You can write a critical essay that agrees entirely with the reading. The word "critical" describes your attitude when you read the article. This attitude is best described as "detached evaluation," meaning that you weigh the coherence of the reading, the completeness of its data, and so on, before you accept or reject it.