Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Faber & Faber, Sep 1, 2011 - Poetry - 112 pages

In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our literature.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

-- Kubla Khan

 

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'The Major Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge' contains many of his greatest poems, including the famous epic 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Coleridge was an English poet (1772 - 1834), of the ... Read full review

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That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Although this is a very short selection I have taken my time to savor each of its poems ... Read full review

Contents

6 I have experiencd The worst the World can wreak on me
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7 A sumptuous and magnificent revenge
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8 In the corner one
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9 Tho hid in spiral myrtle Wreath
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10 A low dead Thunder muttered thro the Night Nature sweet Nurse O take me in thy lap The Day of our dire Fate as yet but dawns
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11 Water and Windmills Greenness Islets Green
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12 I stand alone nor tho my Heart should break
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13 Truth I pursued as Fancy sketchd the way
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17 Over the broad tho shallow rapid Stream
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18 Oer hung with Yew midway the Muses Mount
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19 Kubla Khan
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20 Kubla Khan or a Vision in a Dream
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21 The Pains of Sleep
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22 Christabel
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23 Frost at Midnight
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24 This Limetree Bower my Prison
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14 O mercy O me miserable man
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15 Seaward whitegleaming thro the busy Scud
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16 Twas not a mist nor was it quite a cloud So thin a cloud And Hesper now one blackblue Cloud
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25 The Mad Monk
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26 A Letter to
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was born in Ottery St Mary, Devon, the youngest son of a clergyman. He was educated at Christ's Hospital School, London, where he began his friendship with Charles Lamb, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He first met Dorothy and William Wordsworth in 1797 and a close association developed between them, issuing in their groundbreaking joint-publication, Lyrical Ballads, in 1799. Coleridge subsequently settled in the Lake District , and thereafter in London, where he lectured on Shakespeare and published his literary and philosophical theories in the Biographia Literaria (1817). He died in 1834, having overseen a final edition of his Poetical Works. As poet, philosopher and critic, Coleridge stands as one of the seminal figures of his time.

James Fenton was born in 1949 and graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1970. His poems were collected in Terminal Moraine (1972), The Memory of War (1982), Children in Exile (1983) and Out of Danger (1994). His Selected Poems have been published this year (that is, 2006). His lectures, delivered as Oxford Professor of Poetry, were collected in The Strength of Poetry (2001). An Introduction to English Poetry appeared in 2002. His essays art history were collected in Leonardo's Nephew (1998). This year he has also published a history of the Royal Academy.

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