James Leigh Hunt is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England. Also buried here is Thomas Hood.
Gravestone of Leigh Hunt
Photograph by Theresa
was educated - as a charity boy - at Christ's Hospital school in London.
a fine poet in his own right Hunt is mainly remembered for publishing poetry by
Keats, Byron and Shelley. In
1816 Hunt published Keats' sonnet O Solitude in the Examiner and in
1821 La Belle Dame sans Merci in the Indicator.
once held for two years
in Horsemonger Lane Gaol for calling the Prince Regent 'a fat Adonis of
fifty'. However, he received frequent visits from his friends and continued to
edit the magazine in which the libel had appeared.
Some of Hunt's best
known poems include: Captain Sword and Captain Pen, Abou Ben Adhem
and The Nile.
In 1822 Hunt travelled to Italy to be with Byron and Shelly in
order to publish his new journal The Liberal. However,
within days of his arrival in Italy Shelley drowned and Byron subsequently lost
interest in the project.