On 21st day of this month in 1772 the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (died 25 July 1834) was born. Along with his friend William Wordsworth he was a founder member of the Romantic movement and was also one of the Lake Poets. His most well-known poems include Khubla Kahn and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner‘. His acclaimed critical work about Shakespeare was highly instrumental for in introducing German Idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture.
Coleridge also introduced many well coined expressions such as ‘suspension of disbelief’ and had an influence of American Transcendentalism. He suffered a lot from anxiety and depression and may have been an undiagnosed bipolar sufferer in his adult life. This coupled with bouts of physical illness – the aftermath of rheumatic fever and other childhood illness led to his eventual dependency and addiction to Opium. Kublah Kahn, Coleridge claimed was written as a response to an opium dream.
Coleridge also wrote lots of ‘conversation poems’ The Eolian Harp’ 1795, ‘Reflections on having left a place of retirement’ 1795 ‘This Lime Tree Bower my Prison’ 1797, ‘Frost at Midnight’ 1798, ‘Fears in Solitude’ 1798, ‘The Nightingale: A conversation poem’ 1798 and ‘Dejection: An Ode’ 1802.
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