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Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)


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Publisher Comments:

With this collection, renowned Colridge biographer Richard Holmes casts new light on the poets sensibilities and accomplishments. Holmes divides the poems into eight categories of theme and genre, dispelling the myth of Coleridge as "the metaphysical dreamer" and rediscovering him as a Romantic autobiographer of tremendous power and range.

At the heart of Selected Poetry  are the Conversation Poems, a unified and beautifully crafted autobiographical sequence written over a period of twelve years. A series of little-known love poems to Asra, which combine understated passion and desperate directness, reflect the depths of Coleridge's feelings for Sara Hutchinson, his unattainable lifelong love. The volume also includes the robust Hill Walking Poems, and the secret agony of the Confessional Poems, as well as previously undervalued later poetry born of Coleridge's restless old age and his ironic reflection on his life.



This selection calls attention to the range of Coleridge's work, its strong autobiographical content and its artistic development. The poems are grouped according to genre, with each section displaying its development in craft and theme.

Table of Contents

Edited with an Introduction by Richard Holmes

List of Poems


The Poet's Chronology

A Note on the Text

Select Bibliography

I. Sonnets

II. Conversation Poems

III. Ballads

IV. Hill Walking Poems

V. Asra Poems

VI. Confessional Poems

VII. Visionary Fragments

VIII. Political, Ideological and Topical Poems


Index of Titles and First Lines


I. Sonnets

1. To the Autumnal Moon 2. Life

3. On Receiving an Account that his Only Sister's Death was Inevitable

4. On Quitting School for College

5. To the River Otter

6. To the Author of The Robbers

7. To the Rev. W.L. Bowles

8. Pantisocracy

9. Pity

10. On Receiving a Letter Informing me of the Birth of a Son

11. Composed on a Journey Homeward

12. To a Friend who Asked, How I Felt

13. On a Ruined House in a Romantic Country

14. To Asra

15. Lady, to Death we're Doomed...

16. Farewell to Love

17. Fancy in Nubibus

18. To Nature

19. Work Without Hope

20. Duty Surviving Self-Love

21. To the Young Artist

II. Conversation Poems

22. To a Friend (Charles Lamb)

23. The Eolian Harp

24. Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement

25. To the Rev. George Coleridge

26. This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

27. Frost at Midnight

28. Fears in Solitude

29. The Nightingale

30. To William Wordsworth

III. Ballads

31. The Three Graves

32. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

33. Christabel

34. The Ballad of the Dark Ladié

35. Love 36. Alice Du Clos

IV. Hill Walking Poems

37. Lines Composed while Climbing the Left Ascent of Brockley Coomb, Somersetshire, May 1795

38. To a Young Friend on his Proposing to Domesticate with the Author

39. Lines Written in the Album at Elbingerode, in the Hartz Forest

40. A Thought Suggested by a View of Saddleback in Cumberland

41. Inscription for a Fountain on a Heath

42. A Stranger Minstrel

43. Hymn before Sun-Rise, in the Vale of Chamouni

44. The Picture, or The Lover's Resolution

V. Asra Poems

45. The Keepsake

46. The Language of Birds

47. A Day-Dream: My Eyes Make Pictures

48. The Day-Dream: If Thou Wert Here

49. A Letter to Sara Hutchinson

50. Dejection: An Ode

51. Separation

52. Phantom

53. O Sara! Never Rashly Let Me Go

54. Ad Vilmum Axiologum

55. You Mould My Hopes

56. An Angel Visitant

57. Recollections of Love

58. Constancy to an Ideal Object

VI. Confessional Poems

59. An Ode to the Rain

60. The Pains of Sleep

61. To Two Sisters

62. A Tombless Epitaph

63. The Pang More Sharp Than All

64. Hope and Time

65. The Suicide's Argument

66. The Visionary Hope

67. Human Life

68. Limbo

69. Youth and Age

70. The Garden of Boccaccio

71. Phantom or Fact

72. Love's Apparition and Evanishment

73. Epitaph

VII. Visionary Fragments

74. Kubla Khan

75. The Wanderings of Cain

76. The Mad Monk

77. The Blossoming of the Solitary Date-Tree

78. A Sunset

79. A Dark Sky

80. The Tropic Tree

81. Psyche

82. The Sea Mew

83. The Yellow Hammer

84. On Donne's Poetry

85. The Knight's Tomb

86. Four Metrical Experiments

87. Song from Remorse

88. Song from Zapolya

89. Ars Poetica

90. Aria Spontanea

91. The World That Spidery Witch

92. The Netherlands

VIII. Political, Ideological and Topical Poems

93. An Ode on the Destruction of the Bastille

94. To a Young Ass

95. The Present State of Society (Extract from "Religious Musings") 96. Invisible Powers (Extract from "The Destiny of Nations")

97. Fire, Famine and Slaughter

98. France: An Ode

99. The Devil's Thoughts

100. A Character

101. The Delinquent Travellers

Product Details

Holmes, Richard
Holmes, Richard
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Penguin Books
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
English poetry
Single Author - British & Irish
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.78x5.10x.78 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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