1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 2:304.



His room in prison was "papered with a trellis of roses, the ceiling coloured with clouds and sky, the barred windows I screened with Venetian blinds; and when my bookcases were set up with their busts, and flowers and a pianoforte made their appearance, perhaps there was not a handsomer room on that side of the water." He was permitted to have his family with him in this Bower of Bliss, and the satisfaction of beholding the surprise and delight of every new visitor at the transformation he had effected must have gone a long way to undo the pains of confinement. Amateurs of decorative art in the present day will shudder at Leigh Hunt's skyey ceiling and trellis of roses; but he thought it very fine, and got true enjoyment out of his sentimental prison.