Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand screenwriter and director. Campion is the second of five women nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is the first—and thus far, only—female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or, which she received for directing the acclaimed film The Piano, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the second daughter of Edith, an actress and heiress, Richard M. Campion, a theatre and opera director, her maternal great-grandfather was the shoe manufacturer of Antrim House. Her father was from a family of Exclusive Brethren. With her older sister, born a year and half before her, brother, born seven years after, Campion grew up in the world of New Zealand theatre, her parents founded the New Zealand Players theatre group. Rejecting the idea of a career in theatre or acting, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975.
In 1976 Campion travelled throughout Europe. She graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney in 1981. Based on her education at art school, Campion cites surrealist painter Frida Kahlo and sculptor Joseph Beuys as influences on her art. Dissatisfied with the limits of painting as a medium, Campion turned to film and created her first short film, Tissues in 1980. In 1981 she began studying at the Australian Film and Radio School, where she made several more short films, graduated in 1984, her first short film, won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, other awards followed for the shorts Passionless Moments, A Girl's Own Story and After Hours. Having left the Australian Film and Television School she directed an episode for ABC's light entertainment series Dancing Daze, which led to her first TV film, Two Friends produced by Jan Chapman. Sweetie was her feature debut, won international awards. Further recognition followed with An Angel at My Table, a biographical and psychological portrayal of the New Zealand writer Janet Frame.
International recognition followed with another Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for The Piano, which won the best director award from the Australian Film Institute and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1994. At the 66th Academy Awards, she was the second woman to be nominated for Best Director. Campion's work since that time has tended to polarize opinion; the Portrait of a Lady, based on the Henry James novel, featured Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Martin Donovan. Holy Smoke! Teamed Campion again with this time with Kate Winslet as the female lead. In the Cut, an erotic thriller based on Susanna Moore's bestseller, provided Meg Ryan an opportunity to depart from her more familiar onscreen persona, her 2009 film Bright Star, a biographical drama about poet John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Campion was an executive producer for the 2006 documentary Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story and was creator and director of the serial Top of the Lake.
The mini-series received near universal acclaim with its lead actress Elisabeth Moss winning numerous awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie nomination. Campion herself was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, she was the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. And the head of the jury for the main competition section for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. During his speech when collecting the Prix du Jury for his film Mommy, Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan said of Campion's The Piano that "It made me want to write roles for women: beautiful women with soul and strength, not victims or objects." Campion responded by rising from her seat to give him a hug.
In 2014 it was announced that Campion was nearing a deal to direct an adaptation of Rachel Kushner's novel The Flamethrowers. In 2015 Campion confirmed that she would be co-directing and co-writing a second season of Top of the Lake with the action moved to Sydney and Harbour City, Hong Kong with Elisabeth Moss reprising her role as Robin Griffin. In 1992, she married Colin David Englert, an Australian who worked as a second unit director on The Piano, their first child, a son named Jasper, was lived for only 12 days. Their second child, a daughter named Alice Englert, was born in 1994; the couple divorced in 2001. From the beginning of her career, Campion's work has received high praise from critics all around. In V. W. Wexman's Jane Campion: Interviews, critic David Thomson describes Campion "as one of the best young directors in the world today." In Sue Gillett's "More Than Meets The Eye: The Mediation of Affects in Jane Campion's'Sweetie'," Campion's work is described as "perhaps the fullest and truest way of being faithful to the reality of experience".
Campion's films tend to gravitate around themes of gender politics, such as seduction and female sexual power. This has led some to label Campion's body of work as feminist, Rebecca Flint Marx argues, "while not
Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on TV that focus on passion and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love; as in all quite strong and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films. Romantic films explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young with older love, unrequited romantic love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love/romance, platonic love and passionate love, sacrificial love and destructive love, tragic love.
Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers if the two people overcome their difficulties, declare their love, experience life "happily after", implied by a reunion and final kiss. In romantic television series, the development of such romantic relationships may play out over many episodes, different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs. A romantic story with a period setting; this includes films such as Gone with Doctor Zhivago. Romantic dramas revolve around an obstacle which prevents deep and true romantic love between two people. Music is employed to indicate the emotional mood, creating an atmosphere of greater insulation for the couple; the conclusion of a romantic drama does not indicate whether a final romantic union between the two main characters will occur. Some examples of romantic drama films are Titanic, The Bridges of Madison County, The English Patient, Casablanca, Coming Home, Jungle Fever, Memoirs of a Geisha, Last Tango in Paris, Water for Elephants, 5 Centimeters per Second, Love Story.
Chick flick is a term associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience. Although many romance films may be targeted at women, this is not a defining characteristic of a romance film and a chick flick does not have a romance as a central theme, revolve around the romantic involvement of characters or contain a romantic relationship; as such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Films of this genre include Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk to Remember, Romeo + Juliet. Romantic comedies are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Humour in such films tends to be of a verbal, low-key variety or situational, as opposed to slapstick. Films within this genre include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Moonstruck, As Good as It Gets, Something's Gotta Give, It Happened One Night, When Harry Met Sally... Annie Hall, The Apartment. Romantic fantasies describe fantasy stories using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre.
Romantic action is a film that blend action. Examples include Killers and Day, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, This Means War and The Bounty Hunter. Romantic thriller is a genre of film which has a storyline combining elements of the romance film and the thriller genre; some examples of romantic thriller films are The Adjustment Bureau, The Phantom of the Opera, The Tourist, The Bodyguard and Wicker Park. List of romance films AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Romantic comedy Drama film Interracial romance film Romance novel Romance True love IMDb guide to Romance movies List of amazing romance movies Romantic Movies Database Best Romantic Movies
Endymion is a poem by John Keats first published in 1818 by Taylor and Hessey of Fleet Street in London. It begins with the line "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". Endymion is written in rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter. Keats based the poem on the Greek myth of Endymion, the shepherd beloved of the moon goddess Selene; the poem elaborates on the original story and renames Selene "Cynthia". It starts by painting a rustic scene of trees, rivers and sheep; the shepherds gather around an pray to Pan, god of shepherds and flocks. As the youths sing and dance, the elder men sit and talk about what life would be like in the shades of Elysium. However, the "brain-sick shepherd-prince" of Mt. Latmos, is in a trancelike state, not participating in their discourse, his sister, takes him away and brings him to her resting place where he sleeps. After he wakes, he tells Peona of his encounter with Cynthia, how much he loved her; the poem is divided into four books, each 1000 lines long. Book I gives Endymion's account of his dreams and experiences, as related to Peona, which provides the background for the rest of the poem.
In Book II, Endymion ventures into the underworld in search of his love. He encounters Adonis and Venus—a pairing of mortal and immortal—apparently foreshadowing a similar destiny for the mortal Endymion and his immortal paramour. Book III reveals Endymion's enduring love, he begs the Moon not to torment him any longer as he journeys through a watery void on the sea floor. There he meets Glaucus. Book IV, "And so he groan'd, as one by beauty slain." Endymion falls in love with a beautiful Indian maiden. Both ride winged black steeds to Mount Olympus where Cynthia awaits, only for Endymion to forsake the goddess for his new, love. Endymion and the Indian girl return to earth, the latter saying she cannot be his love, he is miserable,'til quite he comes upon the Indian maiden again and she reveals that she is in fact Cynthia. She tells him of how she tried to forget him, to move on, but that in the end, "'There is not one,/ No, no, not one/ But thee.'" Endymion received scathing criticism after its release, Keats himself noted its diffuse and unappealing style.
Keats did not regret writing it, as he likened the process to leaping into the ocean to become more acquainted with his surroundings. However, he did express regret in its publishing, saying "it is not without a feeling of regret that I make public." Not all critics disliked the work. The poet Thomas Hood wrote'Written in Keats' Endymion', in which the "Muse... charming the air to music... gave back Endymion in a dreamlike tale". Henry Morley said, "The song of Endymion throbs throughout with a noble poet's sense of all that his art means for him. What mechanical defects there are in it may serve to quicken our sense of the youth and freshness of this voice of aspiration." This poem is quoted by Monsieur Verdoux in Charlie Chaplin's homonymous film, before committing a moonlit murder. "Our feet were soft in flowers...". The first line is quoted by Mary Poppins in the 1964 Disney movie, while she pulls out a potted plant from her bag, it is referenced by Willy Wonka in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory upon introducing the Wonkamobile, in the 1992 American sports comedy film, White Men Can't Jump and directed by Ron Shelton.
1818 in poetry Briggs, Harold E.'Keats's Conscious and Unconscious Reactions to Criticism of Endymion', PMLA, 60, pp. 1106–29. Text of Endymion
Kerry Lauren Fox is a New Zealand actress. She came to prominence playing author Janet Frame in the movie An Angel at My Table directed by Jane Campion, which gained her a Best Actress Award from the New Zealand Film and Television Awards. Kerry Fox was born in Wellington, she has had an international career, working on television. She received praise and a nomination for the Australian Film Institute Awards for her leading role in Country Life, starred in Danny Boyle's breakout British hit Shallow Grave with Ewan McGregor, was nominated for the Canadian Academy Award for her supporting role in The Hanging Garden. For her role as Claire in Intimacy, directed by Patrice Chéreau, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. In this film she performed real, rather than simulated, fellatio. In autumn 2009 she appeared alongside John Simm, Lucy Cohu and Ian Hart in the Duke of York's Theatre production of Andrew Bovell's play Speaking In Tongues. In 2011 she played Oriel Lamb in the television adaptation of Tim Winton's novel Cloudstreet.
Fox is married to journalist Alexander Linklater. They have two sons. Unsimulated sex in film Kerry Fox on IMDb Kerry Fox at AllMovie Fox interview about Intimacy Fox interview about Black and White Alexander Linklater's reflections, "Dangerous liaisons", in The Guardian
Elstree Studios is a generic term which can refer to several current and defunct British film studios and television studios based in or around the towns of Borehamwood and Elstree in Hertfordshire. Studios have been located here since film production began in the area during 1914. While some facilities have been built and demolished since two sites remain in use in Borehamwood. Despite being called "Elstree Studios", only one studio has been located in Elstree itself, the remainder residing in the adjacent town of Borehamwood; when the studios were being established, Elstree was larger than Borehamwood. Nowadays, Borehamwood is the larger; the civil parish that contains the town was called "Elstree". The local railway station was known as "Elstree"; the local telephone exchange was called "Elstree". The Neptune Film Company opened the first studios in Borehamwood in 1914. Production ceased during 1917, the studio was sold to the Ideal Film Company who used the site up until 1924. During 1928, the studio was sold to Ludwig Blattner who connected it to the electricity mains and introduced a German system of sound recording.
The Blattner Studio was leased to Joe Rock Productions during 1934, which purchased the site two years later. Rock Productions built four new large stages; the site was again sold, taken over by the British National Films Company between 1939 and 1948, although during this period a large portion of the studio was taken over by the British government for war work. During 1953, the studios were bought by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. for television production and were sold to Lew Grade's Associated Television. The Eldon Avenue centre became the main television production hub for ATV; the smaller Studios A and B were used for sitcoms, while Studio C was a drama studio. Studio D, with permanent audience seating, was used for light entertainment programmes such as the ATV Morecambe and Wise series and The Muppet Show; when ATV was restructured as Central Independent Television in 1982, one of the conditions of its licence renewal by the governing body of the ITV network, the Independent Broadcasting Authority, was that ATV should leave any London-centric facilities and become more focused on the Midlands, the part of the United Kingdom to which it broadcast ITV programmes.
They remained in operation by Central up until July 1983. The BBC bought the Elstree site in 1984 to produce its new soap opera EastEnders. In addition to EastEnders, many other programmes have been made there including Top of the Pops,'Allo'Allo!, You Rang, M'Lord?, Grange Hill, Hangar 17 and Holby City. British National Pictures Ltd. purchased 40 acres of land on the south side of Shenley Road and began construction of two large film stages in 1925. The first film produced; the company was renamed British International Pictures and a second stage was ready for production in 1928. Alfred Hitchcock made Blackmail, the first British talkie at the studios in 1929. At the end of the silent-film era, six new sound stages were built. BIP became Associated British Picture Corporation in 1933. During World War II, the studios were used by the War Office for storage. In 1946, Warner Brothers acquired a substantial interest in ABPC, appointed a new board and decided to rebuild the stages. In 1969, EMI gained control of ABPC and the studios were renamed EMI-Elstree Studios.
In 1969, Bryan Forbes was appointed head of production of the film studio. His tenure was short-lived and marked by financial problems, brought about by deliberately withheld funding and failed projects. Forbes resigned in 1971. During the period 1970–73, when EMI had a short-lived production and distribution deal with the American Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio, the facilities were known as the EMI-MGM Elstree Studios. In 1974, Andrew Mitchell took over from Ian Scott as managing director of the studios but was immediately told to close the facility and lay off all the staff; this was only with significant job cuts and closure of some facilities. The studio's immediate survival was secured through the facilities being used for Star Wars; this led to subsequent Lucas productions such as the Star Wars sequels and Indiana Jones franchise being made at Elstree and brought in directors Steven Spielberg and Jim Henson. In 1979, Thorn Electrical Industries merged with EMI after EMI's debacle with its invention of the CT Scanner, the studios were renamed Thorn-EMI Elstree Studios.
The studios were put up for sale in 1985. Acquired by the entertainment and property company Brent Walker, most of the backlot and several facilities were demolished to build a Tesco superstore. A "Save Our Studios" campaign led to the site being purchased by Hertsmere Borough Council in February 1996 and management company, Elstree Film & Television Studios Ltd was appointed to run the studios in 2000; the studios at Shenley Road are used for both film and television production, the studios are the temporary home of BBC Studios and Post Production during the redevelopment of Television Centre. Shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Pointless are recorded there. A single large stage was built in Station Road in 1928 by Whitehall Films Ltd, but the company was wound up in 1930. In 1935, Julius Hagen, the owner of Twickenham Studios, bought the site and formed a new company, JH Studios. Financial difficulties forced Hagen to sell the studios to MP Productions in 1937. During World War II, the
Sir Andrew Motion is an English poet and biographer, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. During the period of his laureateship, Motion founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work. In 2012, he became President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Motion was born on 26 October 1952 in London; the family moved near Braintree in Essex, when Motion was 12 years old. Motion went to boarding school from the age of seven joined by his younger brother. Most of the boy's friends were from the school and when Motion was in the village he spent a lot of time on his own, he began to have an interest and affection for the countryside and he went for walks with a pet dog. He went to Radley College, where, in the sixth form, he encountered Peter Way, an inspiring English teacher who introduced him to poetry – first Hardy Philip Larkin, W. H. Auden, Hughes and Keats; when Motion was 17 years old, his mother had a horse riding accident and suffered a serious head injury requiring a life-saving neurosurgery operation.
She regained some speech, but she was paralysed and remained in and out of coma for nine years. She died in 1978 and her husband died of cancer in 2006. Motion has said that he wrote to keep his memory of his mother alive and that she was a muse of his work; when Motion was about 18 years old he moved away from the village to study English at University College, Oxford. At University he studied at weekly sessions with W. H. Auden, whom he admired. Motion graduated with a first class honours degree; this was followed by an MLitt on the poetry of Edward Thomas. Between 1976 and 1980, Motion taught English at the University of Hull and while there, at age 24, he had his first volume of poetry published. At Hull he met poet Philip Larkin. Motion was appointed as one of Larkin's literary executors, which would privilege Motion's role as his biographer following Larkin's death in 1985. In Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life, Motion says that at no time during their nine-year friendship did they discuss writing his biography and it was Larkin's longtime companion Monica Jones who requested it.
He reports how, as executor, he rescued many of Larkin's papers from imminent destruction following his friend's death. His 1993 biography of Larkin, which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography, was responsible for bringing about a substantial revision of Larkin's reputation. Motion was Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus, he edited the Poetry Society's Poetry Review from 1980–1982 and succeeded Malcolm Bradbury as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, he is now on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Motion was appointed Poet Laureate on 1 May 1999, following the death of Ted Hughes, the previous incumbent; the Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet and translator Seamus Heaney had ruled himself out for the post. Breaking with the tradition of the laureate retaining the post for life, Motion stipulated that he would stay for only ten years; the yearly stipend of £200 was increased to £5,000 and he received the customary butt of sack.
He wanted to write "poems about things in the news, commissions from people or organisations involved with ordinary life," rather than be seen a'courtier'. So, he wrote "for the TUC about liberty, about homelessness for the Salvation Army, about bullying for ChildLine, about the foot and mouth outbreak for the Today programme, about the Paddington rail disaster, the 11 September attacks and Harry Patch for the BBC, more about shell shock for the charity Combat Stress, climate change for the song cycle he finished for Cambridge University with Peter Maxwell Davies."On 14 March 2002, as part of the'Re-weaving Rainbows' event of National Science Week 2002, Motion unveiled a blue plaque on the front wall of 28 St Thomas Street, Southwark, to commemorate the sharing of lodgings there by John Keats and Henry Stephens while they were medical students at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in 1815–16. In 2003, Motion wrote Regime change, a poem in protest at the Invasion of Iraq from the point of view of Death walking the streets during the conflict, in 2005, Spring Wedding in honour of the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles.
Commissioned to write in the honour of 109-year-old Harry Patch, the last surviving "Tommy" to have fought in World War I, Motion composed a five-part poem and received by Patch at the Bishop's Palace in Wells in 2008. As laureate, he founded the Poetry Archive, an on-line library of historic and contemporary recordings of poets reciting their own work. Motion remarked that he found some of the duties attendant to the post of poet laureate difficult and onerous and that the appointment had been "very damaging to work"; the appointment of Motion met with criticism from some quarters. As he prepared to stand down from the job, Motion published an article in The Guardian that concluded, "To have had 10 years working as laureate has been remarkable. Sometimes it's been remarkably difficult, the laureate has to take a lot of flak, one way or another. More it has been remarkably fulfilling. I'm glad I did it, I'm glad I'm giving it up – since I mean to continue working for poetry." Motion spent his last day as Poet Laureate holding a creative
|the 19th-century English poet and essayist}} James Henry Leigh Hunt, best known as Leigh Hunt, was an English critic and poet. Hunt co-founded a leading intellectual journal expounding radical principles, he was the centre of the Hampstead-based group that included William Hazlitt and Charles Lamb, known as the'Hunt circle'. Hunt introduced John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson to the public. Hunt's presence at Shelley's funeral on the beach near Viareggio was immortalised in the painting by Louis Édouard Fournier, although in reality Hunt did not stand by the pyre, as portrayed. Hunt was the inspiration for the Harold Skimpole character in Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House. James Henry Leigh Hunt was born at Southgate, where his parents had settled after leaving the United States, his father Isaac, a lawyer from Philadelphia, his mother, Mary Shewell, a merchant's daughter and a devout Quaker, had been forced to come to Britain because of their loyalist sympathies during the American War of Independence.
Once in England, Issac Hunt became a popular preacher, but was unsuccessful in obtaining a permanent living. He was employed by James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos, as tutor to his nephew, James Henry Leigh. Leigh Hunt was educated at Christ's Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex from 1791 to 1799, a period that Hunt described in his autobiography. Thomas Barnes was a school friend of his. One of the boarding houses at Christ's Hospital is named after Hunt; as a boy, Hunt was an admirer of Thomas Gray and William Collins, writing many verses in imitation of them. A speech impediment cured, prevented Hunt from going to university. "For some time after I left school," he says, "I did nothing but visit my school-fellows, haunt the book-stalls and write verses." Hunt's first poems were published in 1801 under the title of Juvenilia, introducing him into British literary and theatrical society. He began to write for the newspapers, published in 1807 a volume of theatre criticism, a series of Classic Tales with critical essays on the authors.
Hunt's early essays were published by Edward Quin and owner of The Traveller. In 1809, Leigh Hunt married Marianne Kent. Over the next 20 years, the couple had ten children: Thornton Leigh, John Horatio Leigh, Mary Florimel Leigh, Swinburne Percy Leigh, Percy Bysshe Shelley Leigh, Henry Sylvan Leigh, Vincent Leigh, Julia Trelawney Leigh, Jacyntha Leigh, Arabella Leigh. Marianne Hunt, in poor health for most of her life, died on 26 January 1857 at age 69. Leigh Hunt made little mention of his family in his autobiography. Marianne's sister, Elizabeth Kent, became his amanuensis. In 1808, Hunt left the War Office, where he had been working as a clerk, to become editor of the The Examiner, a newspaper founded by his brother, John Hunt, his brother Robert Hunt contributed to its columns. Robert Hunt's criticism earned the enmity of William Blake, who described the Examiner's office as containing a "nest of villains". Blake's response included Leigh Hunt. Hunt had published several vitriolic reviews in 1808 and 1809 and had added Blake's name to a list of so-called "quacks".
The Examiner soon acquired a reputation for unusual political independence. In 1813, the Examiner attacked the Prince Regent George; the British government sentenced them to two years in prison. Resulted. Leigh Hunt served his term at the Surrey County Gaol. Leigh Hunt's visitors at Surrey County Gaol included Lord Byron, Thomas Moore, Lord Henry Brougham, Charles Lamb; the stoicism with which Leigh Hunt bore his imprisonment attracted general sympathy. His imprisonment allowed him many luxuries and access to friends and family, Lamb described his decorations of the cell as something not found outside a fairy tale; when Jeremy Bentham called on him, he found Hunt playing battledore. From 1814 to 1817, Leigh Hunt and Hazlitt wrote a series of essays in The Examiner that they titled "The Round Table"; these essays were published in two volumes in 1817 in The Round Table. Twelve of the 52 essays were written by the rest by Hazlitt. From 1810 to 1811, Leigh Hunt edited the Reflector, for his brother John.
He wrote "The Feast of the Poets" for publication. His work was a satire that offended many contemporary poets William Gifford. From 1819 to 1821, Hunt edited The Indicator, a weekly literary periodical published by Joseph Appleyard. Hunt wrote much of the content, which included reviews, essays and poems. From January to July 1828, Hunt edited The Companion, a weekly literary periodical published by Hunt and Clarke; the journal dealt with theatrical productions and miscellaneous topics. In 1816, Hunt published the poem Story of Rimini; this work was based on the tragic episode of Francesca da Rimini. Hunt's preference was decidedly for Chaucer's verse style, as adapted to modern English by John Dryden; this was in contrast to the epigrammatic couplet of Alexander Pope. The Story of Rimini is an optimistic narrative which runs contrary to the tragic nature of its subject. Hunt's flippancy and familiarity degenerating into the ludicrous, subsequently made him a target for ridicule and parody. In 1818, Hunt published a collection of poems entitled Foliage, followed in 1819 by Hero and Leander, Bacchus and Ariadne.
In the same year he reprinted The Story of Rimini and The Descent of Liberty with the title of Poetical Works. Hunt a