Hartley Coleridge, prodigal son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is perhaps the most unjustly neglected poet of the nineteenth century. Hartley spent his whole life in his father’s shadow; this has coloured every assessment of his work since, and has saved many critics the trouble of reading him at all. This new selection of his work, with a critical essay by Lisa Gee and a foreword by Louis de Bernières, reveals Hartley as one of the most important poets of late romanticism – the author of subtle and intelligent poems that radiate his genuine love of humanity and nature.
‘There are some lovely poems in this collection, poems that will stay with the reader for a long time afterwards. It would be easy to yield to the temptation to tell the reader which ones I think they are, but I shall resist it. I say, find out for yourself’ Louis de Bernières