Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn’t.
The only real evidence that any critic may bring before his gaze is the finished poem.
Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
I was bashing Israel in the past because nobody else was exposing its true record. Many people are doing it now, so I switched hats from a critic of Israel to a diplomat who wants to resolve the conflict. I have not changed, but I think the spectrum has moved.
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.