Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

(23 September 1861 – 25 August 1907)

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  • Rookie Classic Poetry Aloud (9/27/2007 2:58:00 AM)

    I discovered Mary Coleridge in a popular anthology 'Poetry of Today' (1920, £2 at the local second hand book shop) , and I would agree that she deserves to be read more. To do my bit in spreading the word, I posted a reading of 'Where a Roman Villa Stood, Above Freiburg' at Classic Poetry Aloud.

    It's available to listen to (for free) at: http: //classicpoetryaloud.podomatic.com/entry/2007-09-27T00_19_37-07_00

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  • Rookie Karen Devlin (6/16/2004 12:21:00 PM)

    Mary Elizabeth Coleridge is a poet who has recently been 'rediscovered' in the last few years. Several of her poems are now old favourites on university reading lists. It may not be widely known that Coleridge also wrote five novels in her short lifetime. All but one of these are out of print, but are a fascinating read and contrast sharply with her poetry. I am currently researching Coleridge's work for a Phd at the University of Hull. Mary Coleridge is someone who should be widely read.

The Witch

I HAVE walked a great while over the snow,
And I am not tall nor strong.
My clothes are wet, and my teeth are set,
And the way was hard and long.
I have wandered over the fruitful earth,
But I never came here before.
Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!

The cutting wind is a cruel foe.

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