Introducing a duet of Charles Williams's best literary criticism on poetry:
Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind
The English Poetic Mind
"Williams's deeper interest was in the way the nature of the act of poetic creation could be grasped from the reading of the poems themselves and the means by which the artists reached into and spoke from the hidden places of their imaginative power. . . . [These two books] will enable us to re-appraise, or perhaps encounter for the first time, the distinctive qualities of Charles Williams's approach to the art that was at the centre of his own creative life, poetry."
Brian Horne, from his new 2007 foreword