Many people consider Edgar Allan Poe to be one of the finest literary critics of his time. Literary critics examine what other people have written. Through this examination, they often outline what they feel is good writing. Their analysis often gives readers a framework for looking at a text. It provides readers with background information and other thoughts they may not have considered in interpreting a piece of literature.
Some critics today say Poe was at his best as a literary critic when he wrote "The Poetic Principle." In it, Poe explains his thoughts on poetry and its creation.