THis edition of the poems of Coventry Patmore is complete so far as he wished them to be republished, and in the text as he finally revised it.
The arrangement is in the chronological order of the books in which the poems successively appeared. This arrangement will show the development of Patmore mind and art, will discredit the fallacious antithesis of The Angel in the House and The Unknown Eros which has done Patmore so much harm, and will discourage that neat schematization of his thought which has never had anything to commend it to the poetry-lover.
Some fragments in verse were first published in Basil Champneys ' Life of Patmore ( 1900) and again in the second edition ( 1911) of Patmore book of aphorisms, The Rod, the Root, and the Flower. These are often of exquisite beauty, and readers will be glad to find them at the end of this edition. They are included by kind permission of Messrs. George Bell & Sons.