The Hound Of Heaven

The poem 'The Hound of Heaven' is famous for its extraordinary, haunting images of being hunted down by God, yet the life of its author was just as extraordinary. Francis Thompson was a failed priest, a medical student, and an opium addict who spent years living rough on the streets of London. Certainly a far cry from most people's image of a Victorian mystic poet. Now the poet is pursued again, from Preston to Manchester, and from Charing Cross to the peace of a Sussex priory. Writer Michael Symmons Roberts hunts the tortured genius who wrote some of the late nineteenth century's most powerful and visionary poetry.