We often hear criticism spoken of as one of the evils of which we should beware, lest in some idle moment we indulge in it, but before we reach the conclusion that criticism is necessarily evil, let us inquire more deeply into its province and meaning. Criticism is defined by Webster first, as the art of judging with knowledge and propriety of the beauties and faults of a literary performance or production in the fine arts; second, the act of criticizing, or a critical observation, or a detailed examination and review, and finally it is defined as censure.
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