Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born on October 21, 1772, in Ottery St. Mary in Devonshire, England (Worthen, 4). Samuel’s parents were Ann Bowdon Coleridge and John Coleridge. John had a first wife and had three children prior to marrying Ann. John and Ann had ten children together and Samuel happened to be the youngest one (Coburn, 8). John Coleridge lived as an English clergyman who was also a grammar school headmaster (Bloom, 7). His mother stayed at home and made sure all her children were doing well. Samuel Coleridge proved to be a smart boy. By the age of three, Samuel learned to read and could tell others what he comprehended from his reading (Bloom, 9). By the age of six, he c...
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... 1816, which he rarely left the house. In 1817, he published Biographia Literaria, which contained his finest literary criticism. He continued to publish poetry and prose, notably Sibylline Leaves (1817), Aids to Reflection (1825), and Church and State (1830) while still under the influence of Opium. Coleridge died in Highgate, London on July 25, 1834 as a result of heart failure compounded by an unknown lung disorder, possibly linked to his use of Opium (Coburn, 45).
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet, literary critic, and lecturer was without question one of the most brilliant minds of the nineteenth century. Coleridge spent his life trying to bridge the gap between the inside world and the outside one, the mind and physical reality. He was brilliant and passionate about everything he did. Literature would not be where it is today without Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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