First of all, identification: This seems to be the third edition of Patmore's *The Unknown Eros*. What happened to the 'Unknown' in the meta-data of the file I have no idea.
I downloaded this ebook out of curiosity, and because I felt that I ought to read some of Patmore's poetry. I still think that a modern speaker of English, especially one with some religious feelings, should try reading Patmore, but I wouldn't say that his poetry is great art.
Patmore's poetry is too ornate, too pretty, too over-worked, too obviously sired by the Aesthetic Movement out of the Council of Trent. Anyone who isn't used to accepting the idealization of sexual abstinence, and even virginity, as great principles of religion will probably find some of the subject matter as strange as I do. As to the couplings of gods and women, as theology I find the idea weird and off-putting, but in any case, on that subject Euripides in translation works much better than Patmore in the original. In fact, the fact that as a modern and extreme monotheist I reread the *Bacchae* but am left almost cold by Patmore pretty much says it all.
A few short poems on the loneliness of the Poet are better, but they still don't come anywhere near Baudelaire on that subject.
There are also a few poems on the political-religious events of Nineteenth-Century Britain; unless it's very good, political verse goes stale very quickly. Shakespeare still works, Lovelace still works, some Milton still works, but Patmore only mystifies.
Still, it's not as bad as all that, and there's an interesting little preface by the poet on the use of the pause in English prosody.
The digitization was done well - and boy, have I seen some bad digitization - though the lack of page numbers adds further mystery to the endnotes which are supposed to explain some of the political poetry.