Coventry Patmore

Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton

Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore, 1823–96, English poet. Patmore's first poetry, published in 1844, led to an assistant librarianship (1846–65) at the British Museum. His principal works are The Angel in the House (in 4 books, 1854, 1856, 1860, 1863), a long poem that exalts the sanctity of married love (Patmore himself was happily married three times), and The Unknown Eros (1877), a series of odes reflecting the spiritual change effected by his conversion (1864) to Roman Catholicism. In 1878, Tamerton Church Tower and Other Poems (1853) was reprinted with Amelia and included the "Essay on English Metrical Law." Although Patmore's early poetry seems insipid and sentimental, his later work is bolder, more ornate, and more profound.

See his collected poems (ed. by F. Page, 1949) and Memoirs and Correspondence (ed. by B. Champneys, 1900–1901); studies by E. J. Oliver (1956), J. C. Reid (1957), and O. Burdett (1921, repr. 1973).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Coventry Patmore: Selected full-text books and articles

Coventry Patmore
E. J. Oliver.
Sheed and Ward, 1956
The Life and Times of Coventry Patmore
Derek Patmore.
Constable, 1949
The Poems of Coventry Patmore
Coventry Patmore; Frederick Page.
Oxford University Press, 1949
The Great Victorians
Hugh Massingham.
I. Nicholson & Watson, Ltd., 1932
Librarian’s tip: "Coventry Patmore 1823-1896" begins on p. 355
The Nature of Literature
Herbert Read.
Horizon Press, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Coventry Patmore"
In Defence of Shelley & Other Essays
Sir Herbert Edward Read.
William Heinemann Ltd, 1936
Librarian’s tip: "Coventry Patmore" begins on p. 87
Dramatis Person?
Arthur Symons.
The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1923
Librarian’s tip: "Coventry Patmore" begins on p. 185
Patmore, Pascal, and Astronomy
Fontana, Ernest.
Victorian Poetry, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2003
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