Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is one of the founders of Romantic movement of English literature. The life, poems, critical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge will be analyzed here for easy understanding of students. An overview and summary of his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel and notes on Biographia Literaria will be provided here.

Timeline of important dates of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Born 21 October 1772
Died 25 July 1834 ( Coleridge was 61 when he died.
Place of birth Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England
Education Jesus College, Cambridge (1791 – 1794)Christ’s Hospital (1782 – 1790)
Father John Coleridge
Mother Anne Bowden (Coleridge)
Sara Coleridge
Berkeley Coleridge
Derwent Coleridge
Hartley Coleridge
Honors  Browne medal for Greek ode  in the year 1792
Literary Period Romanticism, Romantic Movement
Important Works
Constancy to an Ideal Object
Dejection: An Ode
The Eolian Harp
Fragment 10: The Three Sorts of Friends
Fragment 1: Sea-ward, white gleaming thro’ the busy scud
Fragment 2: I know ’tis but a Dream, yet feel more anguish
Fragment 3: Come, come thou bleak December wind
Fragment 4: As some vast Tropic tree, itself a wood
Fragment 5: Whom should I choose for my Judge?
Fragment 6: The Moon, how definite its orb!
Fragment 7: When Hope but made Tranquillity be felt
Fragment 8: Thicker than rain-drops on November thorn
Fragment 9: The Netherlands
France: An Ode
Frost at Midnight
The Good, Great Man
Hymn before Sun-rise, in the Vale of Chamouni
Inscription for a Fountain on a Heath
The Knight’s Tomb
Kubla Khan
Love’s Apparition and Evanishment: An Allegoric Romance
Lyrical Ballads (1798)
The Nightingale
On Donne’s Poem “To a Flea”
On Donne’s Poetry
The Pains of Sleep
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834)
Something Childish, but Very Natural
This Lime-tree Bower my Prison
To Asra
Work without Hope
Youth and Age

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Short Summary of important poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  is the longest major poem by Coleridge. It is written in 1797–98 and published in the year 1798. This poem included in the the first edition of Lyrical Ballads This poem and the first edition of Lyrical Ballads marks the the beginning of British Romantic literature.

The poem narrates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long journey.The crew begin journey but their ship adrift to Antarctica. But, an albatross appears and leads the sailors out of Antarctica to the safe sea. The sailor shoots the Albatross and summons the wrath of the natural forces. On their journey they encounter another ship of ghost in which the Death and a pale woman are place dice for the lives of the marines. One by one the lives of the mariners are taken. The life of the mariner is spared and when he appreciates beauty of the creatures around him the curse that has fallen on him when he shot the albatross is lifted.

Kubla Khan

Biographia Literaria



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