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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Coleridge was the son of a vicar. He was educated at Christ's Hospital, London, where he became friendly with Lamb and Leigh Hunt and went on to Jesus College Cambridge, where he failed to get a degree. In the summer of 1794 Coleridge became friends with the future Poet Laureate Southey, with whom he wrote a verse drama. Together they formed a plan to establish a Pantisocracy, a Utopian community, in New England. They married sisters, but the scheme fell apart and they argued over money and politics.

Coleridge at this time was an ardent non-conformist and in 1796 preached throughout the West Country, deciding, however, not to become a minister. In 1797 he met William Wordsworth ... more »

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  • ''Weave a circle round him thrice,
    And close your eyes with holy dread,
    For he on honey-dew hath fed,
    And drunk the milk of Paradise.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet. Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream (l. 51-54). . . Poems [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]. John Beer,...
  • But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
    Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
    A savage place! as holy and enchanted
    As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
    B...
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet. Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream (l. 12-16). . . Poems [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]. John Beer,...
  • ''Five miles meandering with a mazy motion''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet. Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream (l. 25). . . Poems [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]. John Beer, ed...
  • ''All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
    Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
    Are all but ministers of Love,
    And feed his sacred flame.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet. Love (l. 1-4). . . Poems [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]. John Beer, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''Iambics march from short to long;—
    With a leap and a bound the swift Anapaests throng;''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet. Metrical Feet: Lesson for a Boy (l. 5-6). . . Poems [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]. John Beer, ed. (...
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  • Ling Poon (11/15/2013 9:41:00 AM)

    his life was miserable

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