HKC seems to have dabbled in poetry all his life, even going so far as to publish a collection of them in 1856. Some of Kohn Keble's letters to him show that Keble thought highly of them and
repeatedly encouraged him to publish a collection.
Not all these extant poems are dated, but it will be seen that almost all of them date from HKC's early years. Some are copies made by HKC of works by other poets.