Poetry Project: Coleridge

Coleridge was educated at Christ’s Hospital, London, At this time hewas an ardent non-conformist and in 1796 preached throughout the West Country, deciding, however, not to become a minister. In 1797 he met William Wordsworth and for the next year and a half lived and worked closely with him, collaborating to produce the Lyrical Ballads. In 1798, Coleridge set out for Germany, where he studied Kant, Schiller and Scheling. On his return he moved to the Lake District to be with the Wordsworths, but suffered from his failing marriage and an increasing dependence on opium. He also fell hopelessly in love with Wordsworth’s future sister-in-law, Sara Hutchinson, the inspiration for his love poems of this period, and separated from his wife in 1807. In 1816 he lodged in the London household of a young surgeon Dr James Gilman. The publication of Christabel in this year assured his reputation( taken from http://www.poemhunter.com/samuel-taylor-coleridge/biography/).  Appendix edited by Paul Hessel for Errant Editions Poetry Project, Download here

 

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