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 Bernieres, 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 Bernieres
Lisa Gee is a freelance journalist and visiting lecturer at the University of North London. She is the editor of Bricks Without Mortar: The Selected Poems of Hartley Coleridge.