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William Gilbert and

The Hurricane: a Theosophical and Western Eclogue

William Gilbert (1763-1825?), theosophist, poet, and astrologer, is best known as the author of The Hurricane (1796). Gilbert published this poem in Bristol, where he briefly associated with the poets Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey, who all viewed him and his writing with a mixture of admiration, affection and alarm. His writings on magic and astrology are of interest to anyone wanting to trace the survival of the hermetic tradition into the Romantic era, and are essential background to the symbolism underlying The Hurricane. The site includes: