Not gravy but Robert, the bicentenary of whose birth yesterday has gone pretty much unmarked by the BBC AFAIK, though it has been noticed in some of the papers e.g here in the Grauniad. I have a complete edition of his poetry, bought for £1 a few decades ago, but I confess I know very few poems apart from some of the more famous ones. He is much less well known now than for instance Tennyson and Housman, and I wonder if that is partly due to an archaism and whimsy in his style and also because of a predilection for writing long dramatic poems on esoteric subjects. Perhaps in this latter respect he seems more of a poet born out of his time, someone who would have been closer to the romantic poets of the early C19 who like him were attracted to Italy and its stories.
Do people still read him now and if so what are the poems that stand out and what qualities distinguish them?