More’s Work as Literature
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.
KeywordsSpeculative Truth Creative Imagination Literary Reputation Poetical Character Literary Appreciation
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- 5.George Gilfillan, Memoirs of the Less Known British Poets (1862), vol. 12, pp. 221–222, as quoted in ibid.Google Scholar
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