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Samuel Taylor Coleridge : Poems selected by James Fenton - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poems selected by James Fenton


Published: 1st June 2006
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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.

About the Editor

James Fenton was born in Lincoln and studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford. He has worked as a foreign correspondent and drama critic, and was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1993 until 1999. His most recent collection of poetry, Out of Danger (1993), was published by Penguin.

'I know tis but a dream, yet feel more anguish'p. 3
'Or wren or linnet'p. 3
'The reed roof'd village still bepatch'd with snow'p. 3
'Let eagles bid the tortoise sunward soar-'p. 3
'Come, come, thou bleak December wind'p. 3
'I have experienc'd/the worst, the world can wreak on me'p. 4
'A sumptuous and magnificent revenge'p. 4
'In the corner one-'p. 4
'Tho' hid in spiral myrtle wreath'p. 5
'A low dead thunder muttered thro' the night'p. 5
'Nature! sweet nurse! o take me in thy lap-'p. 5
'The day of our dire fate as yet but dawns'p. 5
'Water and windmills, greenness, islets green'p. 5
'I stand alone, nor tho' my heart should break'p. 6
'Truth I pursued, as fancy sketch'd the way'p. 6
'O mercy! o me miserable man!'p. 6
'Seaward, white-gleaming thro' the busy scud'p. 7
'Twas not a mist, nor was it quite a cloud'p. 7
'So thin a cloud-'p. 7
'And Hesper now'p. 7
'-one black-blue cloud'p. 7
'Over the broad tho' shallow, rapid stream'p. 8
'O'er hung with yew, midway the muses' mount'p. 9
Kubla Khan [Coleridge's fair copy]p. 10
Kubla Khan, or a vision in a dreamp. 12
The pains of sleepp. 15
Christabelp. 17
Frost at midnightp. 39
This lime-tree bower my prisonp. 42
The mad monkp. 45
A letter to - ('well! if the bard was weatherwise, who made')p. 47
Dejection : an odep. 57
The Ancyent Marinere [1798]p. 62
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ISBN: 9780571209811
ISBN-10: 0571209815
Series: Poet to Poet
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 83
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.0  x 0.889
Weight (kg): 0.086
Edition Number: 1