The Hound of Heaven,Thompson's chief and best-known work, describing the poet's futile flight from God. Two more volumes appeared, Sister Songs (1895) and New Poems (1897), both supplemented by the publication of a few more poems after his death. Thompson spent the years from 1893 to 1897 in a monastery in Wales. Although Thompson is considered an important English poet, his verse has frequently been criticized for its verbosity and lack of originality in thought. Thompson also wrote a number of essays, including a study of Shelley (1909).
See his Literary Criticisms (ed. by T. L. Connolly, 1948) biographies by E. Meynell (1913, repr. 1971), and P. van K. Thomson (1961, repr. 1972) studies by J. C. Reid (1959) and R. L. Mégroz (1927, repr. 1971).
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