"He was a being formed in the 'very poetry of nature.'"

   Admiring description of a prince from Canto II of The Story of Rimini by Leigh Hunt, a member of Percy Shelley's poetic circle.  The tale is derived from an episode in Canto V of Dante's Inferno (See note to page 40) and, like most of the poems quoted in the novel, was published well after the period in which it is set (See note to page 54).

Online edition of 'The Story of Rimini' by Leigh Hunt, (1816)

Online edition of Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy' as translated by Rev. HF Cary, M.A., (1805)