A British author and lyric poet, he is remembered for such works as Imaginary Conversations and Rose Aylmer. Over the course of his seven-decade literary career, he published not only poems, but also prose and epigrams.
He studied at Trinity College, Oxford. He later fought in the Napoleonic Wars, an experience that inspired a drama entitled Count Julian.
He had a love affair with Nancy Evans before marrying Julia Thuillier in 1811.
He was a friend of the renowned poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.