Southey wrote of “Psychozoia”: “There is perhaps no other poem in existence which has so little that is good in it, if it has anything good.” 1 Coleridge commented: “Southey must have wearied himself out with the poem, till the mists from its swamps and stagnants had spread over its flowery plots and bowers.” 2 Southey on reflection agreed: “I have not done full justice to him as a poet. Strange and sometimes uncouth as he is, there are lines and passages of the highest poetry and most exquisite beauty.” 3 And so began Henry More’s literary reputation.


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  1. 5.
    George Gilfillan, Memoirs of the Less Known British Poets (1862), vol. 12, pp. 221–222, as quoted in ibid.Google Scholar
  2. 18.
    Letter to Lady Conway, 29 August 1662. Conway Letters, p. 208.Google Scholar
  3. 19.
    Letter to Lady Conway, 31 March 1663. Ibid., p. 216.Google Scholar
  4. 23.
    Letter to Lady Conway, 3 September 1660. Conway Letters, pp. 164–165.Google Scholar

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