Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in Devon, in southern England, and studied
at Cambridge University but did not earn a degree. After a short stint as a soldier
he fell into dire financial straits, from which he was rescued by the Wedgewood
brothers (of ceramic fame), who provided him with an annuity so that he could
devote himself to poetry. Wordsworth and he together published the Lyrical
Ballads of 1798, a collection which is the benchmark of the English Romantic
Movement. Coleridge contributed "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," his most famous
poem, and also "Kubla Khan." After 1802 he wrote little poetry, but his Biographia
Literaria of 1817 is one of the major works of literary criticism of the early
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Archive
- This site, maintained by the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
Library, is a good place to start if you are seeking more information about Samuel
Taylor Coleridge. Links are provided to online resources about Coleridge and his
work, and to more general information about Coleridge and his life, all of which
can help provide you with a solid context for the man and his poetry.
Taylor "Estese" Coleridge
- This site provides a good basic biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It deals
frankly with Coleridge's opium addiction and unhappy love life, both of which
arguably contributed to his poetry's style and content.
- This site provides a large collection of links to scholarly resources related
to the Romantic Period and the people who were its major players. It is a scholarly
site, intended for the study of the Romantics, their contemporaries, and their
cultural contexts, but the information available here will be useful and engaging
for anyone interested in this literary and cultural period.
- This site provides lots of links to lots of information about the Romantic
Period and its major contributors.