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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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 nineteenth century.

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The 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.

Samuel 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.

Romantic Scholarly Resources
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.

Romantic Links
This site provides lots of links to lots of information about the Romantic Period and its major contributors.

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