By: Leigh Hunt


James Henry Leigh Hunt was born 19 October 1784 in Southgate, Middlesex and died on 28 August 1859 in London. As a writer, Hunt was a jack-of-all-trades, achieving early success as a critic, essayist, journalist, and poet, and establishing himself as an editor of influential journals in an age when the periodical was at the height of its cultural influence. Hunt's poems, of which "Abou Ben Adhem" and "Jenny Kissed Me" are probably the best known, reflect the influence of foreign versification.


Jenny kissed me when we met,

Jumping from the chair she sat in;

Time, you thief, who love to get

Sweets into your list, put that in:

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,

Say that health and wealth have missed me,

Say I'm growing old, but add,

Jenny kissed me.


The theme of Rondeau by Leigh Hunt is about him falling in love with his wife. When his wife first saw him she jumped up and kissed him
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