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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

Son of an English vicar, Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in 1772. Coleridge went up to Jesus College, Cambridge in 1791 where he met Robert Southey another poet who became strongly associated with the Lake District.

 

Coleridge's greatest claim to fame is his poem 'Rime of The Ancient Mariner'...one of the longest poems in the English language.

Coleridge is one of the most famous Lake Poets & writers associated with the Lake District.

 

Coleridge became close friends with Dorothy and William Wordsworth from which grew a creative synergy resulting in Lyrical Ballads. This was ground breaking creativity using 'nomal language' & focussing on the beauties of nature.

 

As Coleridge lived very close to Wordsworth at Greta Hall in Keswick, they able to spend much time together, strolling in the hills of the Lake District & discussing new creative ideas.

 

Lyrical Ballad opens with Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and ends
with Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey". This new style became known as the English Romantic Movement.

Coleridge was a troubled genius with ongoing mental , marital & opium problems reflected by his sad poem Dejection: An Ode.

 

Coleridge was recognised by his election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1824.

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