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The Owl Critic

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The Owl Critic by James T. Fields is a humorous and lighthearted poem that takes a playful jab at critics and their tendency to nitpick and find fault in everything. The poem tells the story of an owl who fancies himself a critic and harshly judges the singing abilities of a nightingale. The owl is so critical and negative in its assessment that it ultimately misses out on the beauty and joy of the nightingale's song.

Fields' use of clever rhymes and wordplay adds to the whimsical tone of the poem, making it an enjoyable and entertaining read. The moral of the story – that critics should try to appreciate and enjoy art rather than constantly seeking out flaws – is a timeless and valuable lesson for readers of all ages.

Overall, The Owl Critic is a charming poem that serves as a gentle reminder to not let negativity and criticism overshadow the beauty and joy that can be found in the world around us. It's a delightful read that is sure to put a smile on your face.

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James Thomas Fields was an American publisher, editor, and poet. At the age of 14, Fields took a job at the Old Corner Bookstore in Boston. His first published poetry was included in the Portsmouth Journal in 1837 but he drew more attention when, on September 13, 1838, he delivered his “Anniversary Poem” to the Boston Mercantile Library Association.

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