Reason, Love and Life
- 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.