Synopses & Reviews
In her introduction Heather Jackson, editor of this new collection of Coleridge's poetry, points to this poet as "one of the most fascinating minds in European intellectual history." Jackson's selection of his verse reveals that diversity and versatility form the main characteristics of Coleridge's work, from the early politically-inspired sonnets to the epitaph he wrote for himself in the penultimate year of his life. At the center of the collection are those mature poems which Coleridge wrote while enjoying a close association and firendship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and for which he is justly famous. They include such blank verse "conversation poems" as "Fears in Solitude," "The Lime Tree Bower my Prison," and "Frost at Midnight." Also at this time he composed what came to be his most famous works, "Kubla Khan" and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." This edition presents both the widely-known version of the "Rime" as well as a fascinating earlier one: compared side-by-side, they provide great insights into the working of a great poet's mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was one of the most versatile minds in European intellectual history, and a shaping influence in the development of English poetry. As a radical young poet in the years following the French revolution, he collaborated with Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads (1798) and was by turns a dramatist, political journalist, lecturer, and religious thinker. Included in this volume are Kubla Khan, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, as well as such blank-verse "conversation" poems as The Eolian Harp, This Lime Tree Bower, My Prison, and Frost at Midnight. An accessible and informative Notes and Introduction further illuminate the work of one of the most significant poets of the Romantic period.
Includes bibliographical references: p. -197.