Rupert Christiansen

The thinking man’s poet

‘The most intellectual British poet of the 19th century’ is Anthony Kenny’s judgment of Arthur Hugh Clough — a tribute which implies the absence of Tennysonian musi- cality in his verse as well as a prescient understanding of contemporary philosophical and scientific issues that far exceeds Browning’s or Arnold’s.

Kenny’s study of this still underrated figure takes the refreshingly old-fashioned form of a ‘life and works’.

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