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)|
|Mother||Anne Bowden (Coleridge)|
|Honors||Browne medal for Greek ode in the year 1792|
|Literary Period||Romanticism, Romantic Movement|
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge - His life and works
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.