I’ve only read The Root, the Rod and the Flower, but this is my second time through. It offers poetic insights, has a way of showing what a poetic insight is by means of prose. Highly valuable. I struggled with it at first. It’s the kind of book you read in bits over along time (at least three years for me), but near the end I caught on to the chap, and since I can’t bear not having him to read I’m doing it all over again, and it is worth it.
It is a curios thing, because Katrina found this volume for me in the clearance section somewhere. I got it for $2 and it appears to be a first edition, 1895. Which means, it was probably Half-Wit, bless them, where the employees aren’t all that good at the book trade.
It is also a curious thing because it was what tipped me on all this Kindle business. You know how much Coventry Patmore for Kindle costs? $0. It was realizing that, checking on the Aristotle, and then stumbling onto the William Morris that tipped me over the edge. And the $79 version. So next time we’re in the USA not only am I going to get more of these enduring Adidas Sambas which are $150 here, but probably also a Kindle, and load it down with everything Coventry Patmore.