Lord Bacon was a poet. His language has a sweet and majestic rhythm, which satisfies the sense, no less than the almost superhuman wisdom of his philosophy satisfies the intellect. It is a strain which distends and then bursts the circumference of the reader's mind and pours itself forth together with it into the universal element with which it has perpetual sympathy. He is the greatest philosopher-poet since Plato.Percy Shelley, Poet

 

This hasty glance over the entire Shakespearean drama fully confirms the opinion of many critics, that in Shakespeare, more than in any other dramatist, love and passion are subordinate; they are rarely, if ever, the leading motive of the play. And they bring before us the unexpected conclusion that what is condemned as cynical or hard in Bacon is reflected with singular exactness in nearly all the Shakespearean plays,— in many cases with almost verbal accuracy. Evidently the poet was not primarily occupied with rhapsodies of sentiment or passion: his chief aim is to embody in life-like forms the deepest results of his moral, social and political studies. In this respect the Poet and the Essayist are absolutely alike. Shakespeare, like Bacon, is an ethical teacher, a moralist, a philosopher, a statesman, devoted to the largest issues of public life,—full of world embracing, statesmanlike wisdom, familiar with all sides of Court life and politics,— and to these aims all his music, his rhetoric, his fancy are subordinated. See Love and Business from the book Shakespeare Studies in Baconian Light