Reason, Love and Life

Christopher Hill

  • The Letters of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester edited by Jeremy Treglown
    Blackwell, 275 pp, £21.00, September 1980, ISBN 0 631 12831 X

Rochester is one of the most exciting and paradoxical of English poets. Sexually ambivalent, a notorious member of the gang of young roués at the court of Charles II, he nevertheless managed to write a few poignant and haunting poems which suggest that his public notoriety concealed a sensibility reacting to the intellectual crisis of the later 17th century.

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