Michael Robbins is our contemporary poet laureate for beautiful sins of language. The New Republic calls Robbins a prankster. He rather reminds me of that whiskey priest, his lines by turns abrasive and aphoristic, but never apathetic.
In the field of phonaesthetics, which exists, the phrase ‘cellar door’ is sometimes regarded as the most beautiful-sounding phrase in the English language
"Hobbes’s Leviathan is not nearly as funny as A Fan’s Notes, but I can now almost agree with William H. Gass that Hobbes was one of ‘the three greatest masters of English prose’ (in case you were wondering where my obnoxious impulse to rank works of literature comes from).” Michael Robbins reviews his Year in Reading.