Samuel taylor coleridge essays on his own times



Ashton, Rosemary. The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge . Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1996.
Holmes, Richard. Coleridge: Early Visions . New York: Penguin Books, 1989.

  1. As near as I can tell, no one but his wife ever called him Samuel; he was usually Coleridge or Col, and definitely NEVER Sam. He often signed his works . or Estese.
  2. Uncle John used to take his 10-year-old nephew to the taverns, where Col would join in the barroom debates while his uncle got drunk. Col loved it. Everyone called him a prodigy.
  3. Thomas was the original Romantic poet, living in a garret and continually on the verge of starvation as he struggled to write and make a name for himself. He killed himself when he was only 17 years old.
  4. They and other radical young men of the time (that is, most of the young men of the time) often toasted the King: "May he be the last."
  5. It was a utopia sort of thing, a group of young people living in America, communal style. See also Wordsworth .
  6. I know it's confusing having all these Saras around, but it'll get worse.
  7. It didn't quite work.
  8. Yes, he already had admirers (he published his first book of poetry in 1796). In 1798, the Wedgwoods, sons of the famous maker of fine china, also gave him an annuity. For some reason, nearly everyone Col knew was always more than willing to give him money.
  9. Col named these two sons after his favorite philosophers; his third son, born September 1800, was named Derwent, after the river near their house. Robert wondered, "Why will he give his children such heathenish names? Did he dip him in the river and baptize him in the name of the Stream God?"
  10. See?
  11. William and Robert also were turning away from his radical ways, leading future luminaries like Keats and Shelley to call them fickle, and worse.
  12. The famous episode involving "Kublai Khan," which he probably wrote around 1797, where Col was unable to finish the poem because he was interrupted by a "person from Porlock" who wouldn't leave, is probably not true. Most likely, Col just couldn't keep his concentration.
  13. The lectures were apparently quite good, though they were mostly lost. No one took good notes on the first set, and the man Robert hired to record the next set, Payne Collier, was later famous as a literary forger, so his notes were taken with a grain of salt.
  14. I'm not kidding. He was very well-read, and this work included every subject he'd ever thought about seriously. The literary criticism section really made his name as a critic. He even dared to criticize William's work, which William hated even though Col was both fair and perceptive.
  15. Young Sara, of course, knew him least, but she was much like him in intelligence and temperament, unfortunately. She also became an opium addict.
  16. Henry fell in love with Col's daughter and married her, even though they were first cousins.
  17. And he was also being hailed along with William as one of the two finest poets of the day, in spite of the extreme popularity of Sir Walter Scott.

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Coleridge spent the last eighteen years of his life at Highgate, near London, England, as a patient under the care of Dr. James Gillman. There he wrote several works which were to have tremendous influence on the future course of English thought in many fields: Biographia literaria (1817), Lay Sermons (1817), Aids to Reflection (1825), and The Constitution of Church and State (1829).

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